The Acropolis of Rhodes

The Acropolis stood on the hill now known as Monte Smith. The green and beautifully laid out archaeological park contains the Hellenistic stadium, built in the 3rd century BC, where the athletic events of the Alioi Games took place. These were a part of the major festival of the ancient Rhodians held in honour of the sun-god Helios.

Next to the stadium is the small restored Roman Odeon. Just as in ancient times, events are still staged here today. Along Isiodou St. are the remains of the temple of Athena Polias and Zeus Polieus, at the northernmost point of the hill.

On the summit of the Acropolis stands the temple of Pythion Apollo, the patron deity of the city. From here there is a panoramic view of the city and the sea. The sunsets are breathtaking.

Q What is the Acropolis of Rhodes?

The Acropolis of Rhodes is an ancient site located on Monte Smith, showcasing archaeological remains from the Hellenistic period. It includes structures such as the Temple of Pythian Apollo and an ancient stadium, offering insights into the island's historical and architectural heritage

Q What are the key architectural marvels at the Acropolis?

Notable architectural features include the Temple of Pythian Apollo and the ancient stadium. These structures reflect the grandeur of ancient Rhodes and contribute to the site's significance

Q What is the significance of the strategic location of the Acropolis

Positioned on Monte Smith, the Acropolis offers panoramic views of Rhodes Town, the coastline, and the surrounding landscape. Its strategic location served both cultural and defensive purposes in ancient times.

Q How can visitors explore the Acropolis of Rhodes?

Visitors can explore the Acropolis by walking through the archaeological site, marveling at the ancient structures, and enjoying the panoramic vistas. Ongoing preservation efforts by the Ministry of Culture and Sports ensure the site's accessibility and historical integrity

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