The island’s deposits of excellent marble and emery were of great importance for the cultural and economic development of Naxos, which led to the island becoming an early centre of marble processing: the first Greek monumental statues were produced here and the first temples were built with all their components made of marble. One can still visit the ancient quarries today, and three unfinished ancient marble statues left in the quarries are among the island’s most important sights.
Here again the links to the articles about the quarries and statues of Naxos:
- The Kouroi of Flerio near Melanes
- The Kouros of Apollonas
- The ancient marble quarry at Apollonas
- The ancient inscription at the marble quarry at Apollonas