Lindos town Acropolis -
"Lindos town Acropolis - a must see for every Mediterranean cruise guest interested in ancient Rhodes sights..."
With its labyrinth streets, white-washed houses, black and white mosaics and medieval architecture, the little Lindos town is charming as it is.
But as a 'cherry on the top', perching on the highest point of the 116 meter high bare rocky hill, there is also the ancient Lindos Acropolis.
This place is a big attraction for local tourists and Mediterranean cruise guests alike, which makes it the #2 most visited place on the island, after the Rhodes Old town and its numerous sights.
To reach the steps to the Lindos town acropolis, you need to walk through the town first. At the bottom of the stairs you can choose either to be taken up by donkey (for a charge) or simply walk just like people did in ancient times.
If you decide to walk, on the way up you will be “entertained” by a line of little old ladies that occupy the area, selling lace and trying to engage you in their haggling ritual.
As you approach the top, the first thing you see will be the medieval walls built by the Knights of St. John obstructing the view of the acropolis itself. But the views below will be getting more and more spectacular…
Entrance to the Lindos Acropolis is €6 per person.
Children under 18: FREE
EU students: FREE
EU citizens over 56: FREE
Non-EU students: €3
Tuesday - Sunday: 8:00 am - 7:40 pm
Monday: 1:30 pm - 7:40 pm
This acropolis was a very ancient place of worship. The cult of the goddess Lindia might have existed here even before the arrival of the Mycenaeans.
It was definitely there before the arrival of the Dorians, who brought their goddess Athena with them. Eventually, Lindia was identified with Athena.
Some say the proof that there was a cult of Lindia before the Greeks, is that the rituals performed in her cult were different from any other Greek rituals.
Namely, there was no fire used in the sacrificing rites of Athena Lindia - only fruits of the earth and bloodless offerings were made to the goddess. Before Athena’s arrival, she might have even been a vegetation goddess who didn’t require animal sacrifice.
The actual temple of Athena Lindia was built sometime between the 5th - 3rd Centuries BC, and that was on the spot of the earlier sacred grove where a holy place full of trees stood and a simple wooden statue of the goddess.
Other buildings on the acropolis dating back to ancient times are:
- the Propylaea, or the monumental entrance to the sanctuary
- Hellenic stoa, walkways or porticos for public use
- the relief of a Rhodian ship, cut into the rock at the bottom of the staircase leading to the Acropolis
- the Hellenistic staircase, leading to the main area of the acropolis
- remains of a Roman temple, possibly dedicated to the Emperor Diocletian
- Hellenistic wall, surrounding the Acropolis
But as already mentioned, the Acropolis of Lindos town wasn’t only used by Greeks and Romans in ancient times… it was also used as a fortress in Byzantine times, during the period of the St. John’s knights and during Ottoman rule.
That’s why on the Acropolis you will also see…
- the building of the Knights’ Castle or headquarters
- the Knights’ stairway
- Byzantine church
If you intend to visit Lindos town Acropolis, taking a ship organized tour or
one of the taxis from the cruise ship pier in Rhodes will be the most time effective ways to do it.
As a cruise guest, your time in ports of call is very limited and do not waste it on trying to find your way around on your own, or trying to figure out or depend on local public transportation.
If you are taking a taxi or a rental car, plan your visit to Lindos Acropolis very early in the day (before 10 am), before all the tour buses get there. Except on Mondays when the Acropolis opens up in the afternoon only!
Remember that Lindos town is always a few degrees hotter than Rhodes Old Town, so make sure you have enough bottled water with you and hydrate!
|TIP: As you climb, descend or walk around the Acropolis area, there will be very steep areas with few handrails. So make sure you have comfortable non-slip shoes and don’t let your kids roam around freely!
NOTE: There are no provisions for the disabled to climb the Acropolis.
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