In antiquity Thassos was famed for its marble, which was shipped across Greece right up to the Slavic invasions in the 6th and 7th centuries, and it’s a trade that has only recently been revived.
On a rocky peninsula in the southeast of the island you can examine one of the sources of this prized material.
The quarry was in use from as early as the 12th century BC and the two coves on either side functioned as ports.
The great sheets of marble are on the southeast side of the peninsula and if you stand on the edge you can see wedges in the water.
At the highest of the peninsula are what’s left of a pair of early Christian basilicas.
These churches were frequented by sailors shipping marble, and the votive inscriptions they left behind are still visible.
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