on July 5, 2007
Lindos’ most dramatic feature is, of course the impressive Acropolis that dominates and casts a shadow over the town. The Acropolis, according to Greek mythology was built in pre-Hellenic days as a home for Athena Lindia, but the archaeological evidence points us back to the 9th Century BC and after its destruction by fire the present one was built in its place around 300BC. So it’s got a fair bit of history!You don’t need to be heavily into archaeology to enjoy the place as the Acropolis can tell its own tale as a castle and as a place of worship. There seemed to be plenty of guided tours going around and we occasionally latched onto the side of one to pick up any information about particularly interesting looking part of the building. However, there are maps of the site and the odd detail about selected features. The one thing that is breathtaking about the site is the stupendous view – you would expect it to be verging on the perfect as the populus was trying to please the gods and a bad choice would, of course have angered them beyond belief. They knew all about the gods anger with the manifestation of earthquakes, volcanic eruption, tidal waves and inclement weather. So they chose well and we, the sightseers of the 21st Century can appreciate their vision. St Paul’s Bay – it looks like an enclosed lake from up the top – is allegedly where the apostle landed and introduced Christianity to the island. What a great landing area he chose! Indeed all around from the temple to the gods you’ll have great views of the sea, the hills and the village of Lindos.There’s a Byzantine church in the grounds of the acropolis, but it was cordoned off so unfortunately we couldn’t get too close to inspect it. Indeed there was a fair bit of work going on around the site including the creation of a new column. There are 40 columns around the acropolis and unfortunately 30 of these are nowhere close to being original. I’m not sure at what point in recent history that the keepers of the Acropolis decided that it needed the extra 30 but it was clearly an attempt to make it more tourist attractive. They’ve certainly achieved that, but somehow it just doesn’t seem acceptable to totally recreate such ancient sites.By contrast they’ve left well alone the uncovered medieval staircase with all the scars of being weather worn over the centuries. Now that’s worth contemplating! Just how many thousands of feet have passed up and down this section of steps?Around the Acropolis you’ll spot the odd gnarled olive tree and it is claimed that a priest planted these very trees, during the Roman habitation on the island, to show his respect for the Gods. Not sure about that, but it’s a damn good story.
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