So, here it is, The Acropolis Of Lindos In Rhodes – The illustrious, remarkable and distinguished setting on this beautiful island in the Dodecanese.
Located 55Km South of the city of Rhodes and down the east coast, this area is the most popular when it comes to tourism.
Here I want to talk to you about this famous and historic location. Why is it here? Who built it? What was its purpose? Also, I will touch upon some things you should know before you arrive here to make your visit an enjoyable one.
So, lets take a walk uphill from the White Village of Lindos and have a look inside The Lindos Acropolis..
The Ascent To The Ancient Acropolis
From the white village of Lindos you will see signs which point you in the direction of the uphill climb to the acropolis which sits at 166 Meters high. Now, I will warn you that some people will find this climb quite testing. This is something to bear in mind if you have children with you or people that find it difficult climbing hills and stairs.
As you continue the ascent, the views are absolutely breathtaking. You will have plenty of opportunities to take wonderful photographs during the journey up as you have great panoramic views of the beaches of Lindos and the wonderful rocky landscape.
As you approach The Acropolis entrance you will see the open door ready to welcome you. As you go inside there is a booth where you need to pay for entrance. The last time I was there it was 6 Euros per person, but there are special discounts for children and pensioners. Anyway, the price of 6 Euros is well worth it for what you get to see.
The Exedra Relief Of Trimolia (The Warship)
As you pass through the entrance gates you are on the first level of the Acropolis. Here you can see a wonderful view of the bay to your left side. On the right, you will witness the huge flight of stone steps which take you into the higher level of the Acropolis. These steps were built by The Knights of Saint John.
At the foot of the steps before you make the uphill climb, you will see a beautiful carving into the rock of an Exedra and Trireme in relief. A Trireme is an ancient vessel with 3 banks of oars.
Back in 170 BC, the people of Lindos wanted to pay respect to the Greek Sculptor Agesander. With this, a carving of the front of his Trireme into the rock was made, and the Exedra is said to be from the same time and was used as the headquarters for the Lindian Nobles. This what you see here is the work of the Sculptor Pythokritos in the early second century BC.
Climbing The Knights Steps
Okay, before I go on I want to warn you, these steps are steep, and there are a lot of them 🙂
The last time I visited I was with my girlfriend and my father. Trying to impress them and assuming I was fitter than what I am, I started the climb at some pace. Let’s just say I was laughed at when they caught me up at the top and I was completely exhausted. Not only that, my girlfriend suggested I go down again with my father for a photograph opportunity.
Just take your time, I am talking from experience. Also, please be careful here. You are after all on an ancient site. Just take it slow as there is not much in the way of safety precautions as you climb up. As you make the ascent, the left side of the steps is completely open and can be easy to fall if you are not careful!
Once at the top you will be at the highest level within the Acropolis and you will enter into the castle.
Inside The Acropolis
Once you pass through the gate at the top of The Knights Steps you will enter the first room which is lined with ancient slabs displaying Greek Inscriptions. These you will find all lined up on the left and rights walls as you pass.
From here you enter into an open area where you turn left and then back on yourself. From there you will pass through the Knights Castle and find the old store rooms of The Acropolis.
From here the views are stunning, and to the left you can see the old medieval walls and the magnificent view offered from inside this amazing structure.
As you continue moving forward you will see on the right side a huge set of steps which is the climb up to the Huge Hellenistic Stoa (a large walkway from Ancient Greek Architecture) which dates back to the 3rd Century BC. It sits at just under 90 meters in length and had 42 Doric columns across its front. This really is a superb place to see. The history touches you.
Of course, it goes without saying that all these original structures have had to go under reconstruction over time. Most of what you see today inside the Acropolis was the result of hard restoration work by the Italian Forces during their occupation of the island.
The Byzantine Church Of St John
To the North West Corner of The Hellenistic Stoa lies The Church Of Saint John (Ayios Ioannis) from the Byzantine. Built on the ancient ruins of an older church, this structure dates back to the 13th – 14th Century BC.
During the occupation of The Ottoman Empire, this church was actually utilized as a Muslim Mosque.
Unfortunately, during various excavations on the site, the South wall has been taken away as this allowed the removal of ancient inscriptions which were part of the wall itself.
It is a real shame to see the church in the condition it is now, but it is still really touching to see it for yourself.
The Steps To The Propylaea
From the Church Of St John, you will clearly see the steps to The Propylaea (a Propylaea is an Ancient Greek Gate) and these steps are often referred to as the steps to heaven. This is said, as when you climb these steps, you have the feeling that you are climbing above the level of the clouds.
One you reach the top of these amazing steps, you are confronted with the Ancient Lindian Temple Of Athena!
The Temple Of Lindian Athena
If you remember the Myth I was referring to on The History Of Lindos section, I referred to Danaos who was the Son of The King Of Egypt. He and his 50 daughters left Egypt to escape his brother and 50 sons (Aegyptus).
The Temple they built in honor of Athena for their thanks with the escape, is this temple, The Temple Of Lindian Athena!
It is a little over 20 meters in length and 8 meters wide and what you see today is a reconstructed temple. It has been rebuilt on the grounds of the original temple and it was constructed in the middle of the 4th Century.
The actual area inside the temple is closed off and you are not allowed to pass by the barriers. However, you can get close enough to take some great photographs. If you look into the center of the temple you can see the base of where the statue of Athena stood.
This statue at the time was considered to be a masterpiece of Greek art.
Unfortunately the statue, along with other priceless treasures were transferred to Constantinople by Emperor Theodosios the second, and they were later demolished.
From this temple, if you look over the medieval walls out to the water, you can clearly see St Paul’s Bay. This is said to be where Apostle St Paul landed on Rhodes to preach the message of Christianity back in 51 AD.
Watch The Video For Some Stunning Views Of The Acropolis / St Paul’s Bay
My Overall Opinion
I will openly admit it, I love The Acropolis in Lindos. The history is second to none here, and anyone visiting the island of Rhodes really does need to see this location.
As you move around the Acropolis you can see the information boards which explain exactly what it is you are looking at. I have also taken some photographs from my visit which I have put in the photo gallery.
There is a lot to appreciate at The Acropolis, and there is a lot to learn too. You will not regret your visit.
So what do you think? Are you tempted for a visit? Have you visited Lindos and The Acropolis before and have an experience you want to share? I would really love to hear from you. I always like to listen to your opinions and thoughts.
Just leave me a comment below and I will get right back to you.
Thanks for reading!