The Lindos Acropolis and the Acropolis of Rhodes

The Rhodes Acropolis

The Rhodes Acropolis ©Thomas Favre-Bulle/Flick

The Acropolis of Rhodes is located in the western part of the city and dates back  from the second century before our era. Unlike other Acropolis, it was not fortified. In this area, there were dozens of temples and public buildings of which only remained the ruins.

The Lindos Acropolis is the oldest structure in the city, a place where you can find ancient and medieval buildings. The Old Town Lindos is at 45 km in the south of Rhodes town, founded by the Dorians in the tenth century BC. It began to decline in the fifth century, when the city of Rhodes was founded.


Temple ruins of Athena Lindia in Lindos

Temple ruins of Athena Lindia in Lindos ©roger4336/Flick

The Lindos Acropolis

The architectural remains found in the are of the Lindos Acropolis prove the welfare of the antique city. It was found a temple dedicated to Athena Lindia built by Dorians. Besides these, there is a temple dedicated to Emperor Diocletian, and a Hellenistic wall that surrounds the Acropolis.

All these ancient sites were protected by the medieval castle built in the fourteenth century by Knights of the Order of St. John. Two towers of the castle are still preserved to this day. Outside the castle, on the south -west wall, was an ancient theater. Today the only remnants are the rows of seats, which were part of the audience. It is believed that the theater could accommodate about 1,800 spectators.

Lindos Acropolis in Rhodes

Lindos Acropolis in Rhodes ©James UK/Flick

The Acropolis of Rhodes

The buildings of the Acropolis of Rhodes were built on stepped terraces supported by strong walls. The Greek architectural style of the area merges with the beauty of surrounding vegetation and nature.

Among the monuments of the archaeological site  that were excavated include the Temple of Athene Polias that was rebuilt in 334 BC as a gift from Alexander the Great and was a standard ionic structure with 11 columns. The stadium is situated in the southern part of Rhodes, near the stadium is a small theater that is supposed to be the place of the famous rhetoric school of Rhodes.

The Rhodes Acropolis

The Rhodes Acropolis ©Thomas Favre-Bulle/Flick

The Stoa building of the Acropolis of Rhodes dates back to the year 200 is one of the buildings in the area of Agora that were restored. The name signifies an walk alley that served as a combination of legal court, municipal office and shopping arcade in classical Greece. The reconstructed building has now a museum containing artifacts covering a period of 5,000 years of Athenian history.

The Nymphaea monument consists of four underground buildings cut in the roch with steps, passages and opening in the center of the ceiling.


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