Yes, there is the Acropolis, The White Village, the sunshine, the beaches and so many things to see and do, but you would be surprised how many people visit and then leave again having little to no understanding of The History Of Lindos In Rhodes.
I will be the first to admit, no matter how many times I go to Lindos, I am captured by the setting, the beauty, the architecture and the vibrant feel of the village. I too will openly admit, I have visited and left without knowing anything as to why it is all here. I was so busy saying ‘WOW’, and I forgot everything else!
It was only later I asked the questions. What was its purpose? Who built it? When was it built? Plus many more!
Well, I have made a huge effort to learn as much as possible about this historic location, and I have been to take some photographs which will all be shared with you in this section dedicated to Lindos!
I promise you, I will cover all I can here, including a tour around the white village and a visit to The Acropolis. You can visit them all using the tour buttons below. First though, let’s take a few minutes to look at the fascinating history of Lindos!
So, Myth Or Fact? The History Of Lindos
We all love Greek mythology. It brings fantasy to our minds, but we are often left
questioning what actual events took place in the past.
According to this mythology in Lindos, it is said that the village was found by Danaos who was the King of Egypt’s son! Danaos absconded to Rhodes from Egypt with his 50 daughters (The Danaides) as he was afraid of his twin brother (Aegyptus) along with his 50 sons.
From here Danaos and his daughters are said to have constructed The Temple Of Athena in honor of her who helped them with their escape! In this myth, Danaos went on to travel to mainland Greece where he went on to command for many years.
An Alternative Myth
An alternative to this myth is Danaos having only three daughters. They were named accordingly as Lindos, Kamiros and Ialyssos! These names went on to be the names of the 3 original cities on the island where these daughters were canonized and admired.
The 12th Century
The First actual evidence of life in Lindos is believed to be in the 12th Century BC.
In these times and during The Trojan War, Lindos was a massive power when it came to controlling the seas and its naval abilities were extremely forceful and robust. Lindos was seen as the most dominant town on the island of Rhodes. This was the case due to its operational ports at the time and the dominating Acropolis which guarded the surrounding area!
This power was retained, and during the 7th Century BC it controlled most of the shipping and commerce throughout the Meditteranean Sea. This in turn grew into a solid income and soon it was able to support its own province and territory.
Also, the Lindian people were well respected when it came to sculptor. The Famous Colossus Of Rhodes itself (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world) was commissioned and built by Chares of Lindos and was completed in 282 BC.
The Rule Of Cleobulus (Son Of Evagoras)
Come the 6th Century BC and under the control of the poet and native Lindian Cleobolus (Κλεόβουλος in Greek), Lindos hit its peak of expansion.
Although referred to as a tyrant by some, it is well documented that under the 40 years of control by Cleobulus, Lindos flourished and became a very successful village at that time.
The reason he was so successful, is that he was said to have been the first to support public works and was able to raise funds from the local people.
With these funds, more was achieved and this is when The Temple Of Athena (originally built by Danaus) was reconstructed.
The Combining Of The 3 Cities
After the Greco Persian Wars between 499 until 449 BC ended, Lindos, Kamiros and Ialyssos combined in 408 BC to form what is known today as Rhodes Town which now lies on the most northern part of the island.
Once this new town was in place, many of the local Lindian people moved away from Lindos to reside in the new town. Naturally all the shipping and sculptors left with them!
Lindos still held onto the trade however when it came to the seas. Entering the more modern era though, the ports of Lindos soon declined.
The Knights Of Saint John during their reign on Rhodes maintained the shipping and trade, but once they were overrun by The Ottoman Empire things really changed.
The Turkish had little in the way of interest when it came trade, so they allowed the local Lindian people to run it all as they wished to do so.
See The Video For Some Amazing Views Of Lindos
These days, you will find the shipping and trade all operated from Rhodes Town. Lindos however has continued to flourish due to its history and iconic Acropolis.
A lot of the original dwellings in Lindos have been restored whilst keeping there original features in mind. With this, you can still walk through the Lindos of today and at the same time have a great taste of its history and past.
So, let’s continue. Use the buttons below to take a tour of the Acropolis Of Lindos, The White City and the Beaches!
Let me know if you have any questions too. Ask them in the comments below and I will get back to you. Have you visited Lindos yourself? Maybe you would like too? I would love to hear from all of you.