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location iconAcropolis 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.

There’s no entrance fee to visit the Acropolis of Rhodes, and you can access the site at any time and your pace. As you explore the archaeological park you will notice different structures: temples, a stoa, a theatre, and a stadium, among others.

The Italian School of Archaeology at Athens first unearthed the ruins in excavations that lasted from 1912 until 1945. The Greek Archaeological Service continued archaeological works at the site after World War II, reconstructing the Temple Pythian Apollo, which suffered extensive damage during the war. Digs continue at the site today.

The essential landmarks of the Acropolis of Rhodes are the Temple of Athena Polias and Zeus Polieus, the Temple Pythian Apollo, the Odeon, the Stadium, and the Artemision. The site is about three kilometres away from the centre of the city of Rhodes.

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Acropolis 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.
 
Medieval old city of Rhodes
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.
 
Castle of Kritinia
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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