Asklepieion (Paros) Parikia - Ασκληπίειον

Ἀσκληπίειον - Asklepieion, Thesmophorion, Apollo sanctuaries south of Parikia in Paros Cyclades
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Latitude: 37.078000
Longitude: 25.140800
Confidence: High

Greek name: Ἀσκληπίειον
Place ID: 371251SAsk
Time period: ACHR
Region: Cyclades
Country: Greece
Department: Paros
Mod: Parikia

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Modern Description: At the southern end of the promenade, the shore-side road rises towards a windmill and makes a detour round the small, cuboid chapel of Aghia Anna (key in house opposite Demarcheion, 50 m to south), which is almost entirely constructed from ancient blocks of Parian marble. Originally a 17th century chapel, it was restored in 1900, and then re-pointed with a mortar made with marble dust after an accidental fire in 2003. 200m further west, just beyond where the shore-road rejoins the peripheral road, a scarp rises to the left (south) where there are the vestigial remains of two places of cult – the Hellenistic sanctuary of Asklepios on the lower terrace just above the road, and the Archaic sanctuary of Apollo Pythios (his father) on the level above. Of the latter little remains, except some of the retaining terrace and parts of foundations. A small memorial chapel, built as a pastiche of a Hellenistic mausoleum, marks the site. More has survived from the 4th century BC Asklepeion below, which occupies a site typical for such a place, beside some rising springs of mineral water (now almost dry) and situated a little way out of the inhabited centre – two elements essential for the treatment and the isolation respectively of the sick who frequented the place. The sanctuary centred on a Doric ‘abaton' or cultic building, projecting perpendicularly from a stoa which ran along the base of the scarp. The rectangular, marble-lined pools by the springs can be seen against the rock.
Wikidata ID: Q61473756

Info: McGilchrist's Greek Islands

(From McGilchrist’s Greek Islands, © Nigel McGilchrist 2010, excerpted with his gracious permission. Click for the books)

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