History

Over its long history, Thasos has benefited from its natural wealth. The Parians, who founded the ancient city of Thasos (Limenas) in 700 BC, struck gold at Mt Pangaion, creating an export trade lucrative enough to subsidise a naval fleet. While the gold is long gone, Thasos’ white Parian marble is still being exploited, though scarring a mountainside in the process.