To the east of the picturesque settlement of Marathi and 5 km southeast of Parikia, there are the ancient underground marbles of Paros.
The mining of marble began from the Early Cycladic era (3200 BC – 2000 BC). From here was the famous Parian marble, the main source of wealth for Paros in all periods of history, used in architecture and mainly in slavery of classical times.
The “pary bridge”, as it was known in the Parian marbles during antiquity, has been an important source of growth for the island since the 7th century BC. which began its systematic extraction and exploitation.