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location iconAcropolis of Lindos

One of the most visited ancient sites on Rhodes, the Acropolis of Lindos dominates the namesake village from a rocky hill on the coast of the Aegean Sea. It’s an impressive sight above the picturesque village with whitewashed cubic homes that contrast with the aquamarine of the Bay of St. Paul and the cobalt blue of the sea. From the top of the Acropolis of Lindos, the surrounding views are equally beguiling.

There are donkey rides available for those who want to access the top of the hill without hiking. But the walk is rewarding too, as it takes you past the Rhodian trireme – the prow of an ancient ship carved in rock – uphill and through a superb Medieval Gate to enter the Acropolis.

The most important landmarks at the site include:

  • The Castle of the Knights of St. John, which dates from 1317. The architecture of the fortress follows the natural shape of the cliff. Thus the structure has an imposing appearance – as if emerging from the rock.
  • The Doric Temple of Athena Lindia is an amphiprostyle tetrastyle structure erected in the 4th century BC, where Alexander the Great himself once offered sacrifices to the beloved goddess of wisdom and war.
  • A 4th-century Propylaea – a gateway to the sanctuary, with a monumental staircase and a stoa.
  • Remains of a Hellenistic stoa.
  • The Hellenistic staircase that leads to the main archaeological site.
  • The Church of St. John – built sometime between the 12th and 13th centuries.
  • The Ancient Theater, on the Southwest side of the hill, below the Temple of Athena Lindia. The circular orchestra and the hollow for the spectators were carved on the hillside. The theatre could accommodate 1800 spectators.

There’s only one path to access the Acropolis of Lindos – a steep road ascending the summit since antiquity. Wear appropriate footwear and come prepared with potable water for the hike uphill.

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Acropolis of Rhodes
One of the most interesting ancient sites of the island, the Acropolis of Rhodes is in the capital of the island, on Monte Smith. It is a large archaeological site, comprising several points of interest, most of them from the Hellenistic and the Roman periods.
 
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The UNESCO-listed site known as the Medieval City of Rhodes is an absolute must-see destination when you vacation on our island. The Knights Hospitaller – officially the Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem – planned the fortified Gothic city when they ruled Rhodes from 1309 to 1523.
 
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Erected in 1472 according to plans by Venetian sculptor and architect Giorgio da Sebenico – also known as Giorgio Orsini – the Castle of Kritinia, or Kastellos as the locals call it, is a stunning fortress erected to protect the village against Ottoman attacks.
 
Thari Monastery
Mony Thari, the Thari Monastery is one of the most beautiful religious landmarks on Rhodes Island. It’s in a forest near Laerma, a traditional Greek village about a one-hour drive from the city of Rhodes.
 
 
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