The Ekatontapyliani, also known as the Church of a Hundred Doors, stands as a beacon of Byzantine architecture and Christian heritage on the island of Paros, Greece.
In the heart of the Aegean Sea, south of Antiparos, there's a tiny, uninhabited island called Despotiko. This little gem is home to an ancient sanctuary that has been a playground for archaeologists.
Stepping off the beaten path in Parikia, you encounter an unexpected sight — an archaeological gem seemingly forgotten by time. Agios Panteleimon, a site shrouded in mystery, lays semi-abandoned, inviting only the most curious and imaginative explorers to trespass into its past.
Located on Mount Kynthos, as it was named in antiquity, less than 4 km north of the city of Parikia, the sanctuary offers a direct line of sight to the island of Delos, a significant spiritual centre in the ancient world.
Paros has been continuously inhabited since the Paleolithic age, with various civilizations passing through the island. Here is a brief linear history of Paros over the last 10,000 years.