Acropolis of Lindos

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The Acropolis over Lindos

The Acropolis of Lindos is a ruined castle in the Greek city of Lindos in the south of Rhodes .


Model of the buildings of the Acropolis in Hellenistic times
Temple of Athena Lindia

The ruins of the Acropolis were excavated by Danish archaeologists at the beginning of the 20th century . Finds from the Neolithic Age were also discovered on the mountain. The Byzantines built a castle over the ruins of the ancient sanctuary. The current structure is a crusader fortress of the Johanniter , which was built on earlier castles. In the center of the fortress is a partially reconstructed Temple of Athens from the 4th century BC. Chr.


The castle ruins are located on a 116 meter high cliff in the city ​​center . It can be reached via steep footpaths. On one of the paths, drivers offer donkeys to ride, on another women do handicrafts.

The stern of a trireme is carved into the rock in front of the actual entrance steps . The five meter long rock relief was erected in honor of General Hegesandros . He is said to be 190 BC BC successfully led his men against pirates. An arched gate leads into the castle. Inside, an Orthodox church was built in the 13th century, which was transformed into a castle chapel and dedicated to St. John . In the following centuries the castle was taken over by the Knights of the Order of St. John. They converted the small castle into a two-story building with massive fortress walls.


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Coordinates: 36 ° 5 ′ 30 ″  N , 28 ° 5 ′ 17 ″  E