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Acropolis of Lindos

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For about €5, you can hire a donkey for the 15-minute climb from the modern town up to the Acropolis of Lindos. The winding path leads past a gauntlet of Lindian women who spread out their lace and embroidery like fresh laundry over the rocks. The final approach ascends a steep flight of stairs, past a marvelous 2nd-century BC relief of the prow of a Lindian ship, carved into the rock.

The entrance to the Acropolis takes you through the Medieval Castle built by the Knights of St. John, then to the Byzantine Chapel of St. John on the next level. The Romans, too, left their mark on the acropolis, with a temple dedicated to Diocletian. On the upper terraces, begun by classical Greeks around 300 BC, are the remains of elaborate porticoes and stoas, commanding an immense sweep of sea and making a powerful statement on behalf of Athena and the Lydians (who dedicated the monuments on the Acropolis to her); the lofty white columns of the temple and stoa on the summit must have presented a magnificent picture. The main portico of the stoa had 42 Doric columns, at the center of which an opening led to the staircase up to the Propylaia (or sanctuary). The Temple of Athena Lindia at the very top is surprisingly modest, given the drama of the approach. As was common in the 4th century BC, both the front and the rear are flanked by four Doric columns. Numerous inscribed statue bases were found all over the summit, attesting in many cases to the work of Lindian sculptors, who were clearly second to none.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Above New Town, Lindos, Rhodes 85107
  • Phone: 22440/31258
  • Cost: €6
  • Hours: May–Oct., Tues.–Sun. 8–7:40, Mon. 12:30–7:40; Nov.–Apr., Tues.–Sun. 8–2:40
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  • Location: Lindos
Updated: 05-18-2011

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