Rhodes Journals

Lindos Acropolis and The Temple of Athena

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A June 2005 trip to Rhodes by GB from Devizes

Lindos Acropolis Photo, Rhodes, Greece More Photos
Quote: The Acropolis overlooks the town of Lindos, its sheer cliffs presenting a formidable obstacle for would-be raiders throughout history. Greeks, Byzantines, Romans, and, of course, the fabled Knights of St John have all left their mark upon this magical place, the highlight of which is the Temple of Athena Lindia.

Lindos Acropolis and The Temple of Athena

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Lindos Acropolis Photo, Rhodes, Greece
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Lindos Acropolis can certainly claim, with justification, to be one of those "once seen, never forgotten" places. Only second to Rhodes Old Town as the most visited sight on the island, it sits astride a 370-foot rocky hill and is visible for miles in any direction. This is the final chapter of nine that details our holiday to Rhodes, and I truly hope that you have had as much fun reading of our travels around this lovely island as we did exploring all the wonderful sights listed in the previous journals. The climb up to the Acropolis is via many steep stone steps that start off from one of the upper back alleys in the town, but the views from the summit are reward enough for your labours. The o...Read More

Lace, Donkeys, and Triremes

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Attraction | "The Way Up - Lace, Donkeys, and Triremes"

Lace, Donkeys, and Triremes Photo, Rhodes, Greece
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To begin the ascent to the Acropolis, you follow the main lane through the town, turn left up a steep, hokhlaki-floored alleyway, and at the top here, you will find the beginning of the steps hewn into the cliff face. If you feel the heat precludes the climb or are just plain lazy, a team of donkeys are on hand to ferry you to the top via their own pathway. Their owners won’t hassle you to use them, but if you decide to avail yourself of this option, it’s a hefty 10€ either way. The right-hand side of the pathway is a sea of local lace stalls whose owners are a bit pushy should you linger for even a second. The product is staggeringly beautiful, but staggeringly expensive compared ...Read More

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Lace, Donkeys, and Triremes
Lindos, Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes, Greece

The Knights' Hall and the Byzantine Chapel

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Attraction

The Knights' Hall and the Byzantine Chapel Photo, Rhodes, Greece
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Having enjoyed the shade afforded by the main gate and entrance for a few minutes, we venture forth into what was an extension of the main doorway. This is the Hall of The Knights where they would have met to discuss their day-to-day business and policies. It is totally un-restored and is being used at present to store several large column bases that have been temporarily removed prior to restoration. They sit in a large, shaded nook out-of-reach of the visitors’ feet. Venturing forward a few more meters, we emerge into blinding sunshine, made all the more dazzling by our brief exploration of the main entrance and Knights’ Hall, both dark and cool. Directly in front of us, across a broad court...Read More

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The Knights' Hall and the Byzantine Chapel
Lindos, Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes, Greece

Monumental Staircase, Stoa and Propylaea

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Attraction | "The Monumental Staircase, Stoa and Propylaea"

Monumental Staircase, Stoa and Propylaea Photo, Rhodes, Greece
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Monumental is certainly an adjective befitting this beautifully preserved staircase that serves to link the lower courtyard with the Hellenistic Stoa, and then its second flight linking the Stoa to the Propylaea, an ancient gateway that sits immediately in front of the Temple forecourt. The first section of the staircase ascends from the lower courtyard, close to the Exedra, to the Stoa, a colonnaded avenue that stretches across almost the entire width of the site. This Doric construction is shaped around three sides of an elongated oblong and consists of two covered wings that flank the edges of the lower staircase. It is 86m long, and unity was achieved by a continuous row of 42 columns along ...Read More

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Monumental Staircase, Stoa and Propylaea
Lindos, Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes, Greece

Temple of Athena Lindia

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Attraction | "The Temple of Athena Lindia"

Temple of Athena Lindia Photo, Rhodes, Greece
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The Temple of Athena Lindia is without doubt now, as was then, the crowning glory of this fabulous archaeological site. It occupies the southern most tip of the Acropolis and affords stunning views of St Paul’s Bay and beyond. It was erected on the highest point of the citadel in the 4th century BC, on the site where an archaic temple dating back to at least to the second millennium BC was destroyed by fire in 392BC. It is a Doric structure of the "amphiprostyle" type and was built with local sandstone and plastered with stucco, as was every other building on the Acropolis. It measured 22m by 8m, and inside, it is still possible to see the spot where the goddess’ statue stood. The rear...Read More

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Temple of Athena Lindia
Lindos, Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes, Greece

Cisterns, Battlements and the Exedra

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Attraction

Cisterns, Battlements and the Exedra Photo, Rhodes, Greece
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To complete our tour of Lindos Acropolis, there are a few further items worthy of note. The first of these is the Exedra, situated on the lower courtyard, to the left (looking north) of the Monumental Stairway. The word means "seat" in Greek, and it was just that, a place where disputes were settled, where conversations were held or lively arguments debated. It takes the form of a raised platform, about 4 feet higher than the surrounding courtyards, and was constructed of the same sandstone as the rest of the Acropolis. It dates, of course, to the Hellenistic period, and would probably have fallen into disuse and disrepair long before the Knights ever occupied the fortress here. Close...Read More

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Cisterns, Battlements and the Exedra
Lindos, Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes, Greece