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ACROPOLIS OF LINDOS

September 6th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

About 25 NM south of Rhodes Town on the east side of the island of Rhodes is the Acropolis of Lindos which sits above two harbors.  

Approaching Lindos the Castle fortification is prominent

Approaching Lindos the Castle fortification is prominent

One harbor is very small and nearly land locked. 

 

Small harbor as seen from acropolis

Small harbor as seen from acropolis

The larger harbor, where we anchored Destiny, is protected by islands that lie just off its entrance.

Destiny at anchor in Lindos harbor

Destiny at anchor in Lindos harbor

The climb to the acropolis takes about 15 minutes and while it winds gently up the hill, it changes from smooth pavement to large stones about halfway up making it more suitable for the many donkeys that carry passengers to the top than for walking on foot.  Walking is doubly dangerous due to the donkey droppings along the way. 

Donkeys are the only transportation in town

Donkeys are the only transportation in town

What goes up, must come down. . .so the donkeys wait at the entrance to the castle.

What goes up, must come down. . .so the donkeys wait at the entrance to the castle.

The acropolis which was a sanctuary dedicated to the goddess Athena was first built in the 6th Century B.C. and then rebuilt in the 4th Century B.C. after a fire destroyed the original structure. The acropolis is set within the protective walls of a castle. 

Steep approach to the Castle

Steep approach to the Castle

The approach to the castle is by a steep stairway that passes a 2nd Century B.C. prow of a ship carved in the cliff. 

Carving of Lindian ship in rock

Carving of Lindian ship in rock

The acropolis has been undergoing a significant reconstruction through monies poured into it through the E.U. as is evident by the expensive equipment that dots the site. 

What once slaves built, machines now reconstruct

What once slaves built, machines now reconstruct

The results are impressive, however, as shown by these pictures of the reconstruction.

Part of main portico

Part of main portico

Part of Sanctuary dedicated to Athena

Part of Sanctuary dedicated to Athena

Ramparts surrounding acropolis

Ramparts surrounding acropolis

There are sweeping views from the castle and acropolis. 

Anchorage as seen from Castle

Anchorage as seen from Castle

The acropolis sits adopt sheer cliffs

The acropolis sits adopt sheer cliffs

Returning to the boat we walked through the village of well preserved 15th Century houses with uniformly distinct architecture. 

15th Century B.C. doorway

15th Century B.C. doorway

Lindos has many 15th century houses still in use. . .

Lindos has many 15th century houses still in use. . .

with typical stone mosaic floors.

with typical stone mosaic floors.

The water in the harbor is crystal clear which makes for wonderful snorkeling off the islands just outside its entrance.  The ocean topography is surreal.  The islands are like submerged mountains with only their tops visible and fan out in a moon-like underwater landscape of huge boulders that descends a hundred feet to the sandy bottom.

Islands protecting harbor seen from castle

Islands protecting harbor seen from castle

Despite its ancient allure, Lindos is also a very active vacation resort.  The harbor has a crescent shaped sandy beach lined with scores of umbrellas and tavernas. 

Acropolis above. . .beach clubs below.

Acropolis above. . .beach clubs below.

While the tranquility of the anchorage is sporadically interrupted by speed boats whisking people around the harbor on skis, boards and “bananas”, for the most part Lindos retains its charm.

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  1. Marc Eisler
    September 21st, 2010 at 20:50 | #1

    Carol–if this is you — we visited some of the same places last year. I wish I was there now.

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