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Lindos, Rhodes - travel guide with photos

Lindos, Greece

A trip definitely worth taking is to the beautiful town of Lindos. Lindos is a town and an archaeological site on the east coast of Rhodes. It is about 55km south of the town of Rhodes. Before reaching Lindos you can marvel from a far at the panoramic view of the town. Above the modern town rises the acropolis of Lindos, a natural citadel which was fortified successively by the Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Knights of St.John and the Ottomans.

According to Homer, Lindos was built in the 12th Century BC and sent nine ships to the Trojan War. Lindos was a premiere naval power of its day. It had colonies of its own by the 7th century BC and it controlled a large portion of trade in the Mediterranean. As you can see from the pictures, the whole setting is magnificent. The Acropolis of Lindos has an indescribable air of impregnability about it.

The Acropolis has a nice dramatic setting. To get to the Acropolis it was needed to follow the signs through the town to a path lined with ladies selling souvenirs and lace tablecloths. This path went up the hill to the gate. It was hot, as the path was narrow and wind was almost olematu. Happily there are also possibilities to buy drink on the road. At the bottom there are donkey owners who will try to take advantage of the hot weather and the illusion that path is quite long and sell you the ride. We did not buy it. If you will, bear in mind that most hard walking is after you buy the tickets and get through the gate where the donkeys can not go. Inside the gate you need to walk uphill on slippery rocks polished by centuries of walkers.

In the Acropolis we saw a Knights Castle, the remains of a Roman temple, and the Temple of Lindian Athena among other things. There were also many pediments for statues and a large number of inscriptions. The Hellenistic ruins date from the 4th Century BC and were built on the site of an even older temple. There are informative signs around the site that helped to understand what it was like and it must have been magnificent.

After the tour in the Lindos Acropolis, we felt very hot. Happily near Lindos there are also two great beaches, small but beautiful.