Lindos Acropolis, Rhodes

The worship of Athena Lindia was pre-Hellenic, according to myth, although the occasional excavation findings do not support this. The sanctuary’s history starts with the Geometric era (9th c. BC). Kleoboulos, the tyrant of Lindos during the Archaoc era, resurrected the worship and erected a temple, most likely on the site of an earlier one. The Archaic temple followed the same Doric tetrastyle amphiprostyle pattern as the next one.

According to the myth, the tyrant Kleoboulos was punished by being turned into a rock for disrespecting Athena Lindia. This myth is still alive among the people of Lindos and it is believed that the rock Kleoboulos was transformed into can be found at the entrance to the Acropolis.

Another key feature of the Acropolis of Lindos is the abundance of ancient artifacts that have been unearthed over the centuries. During the 19th century, excavations at the site uncovered a variety of objects, from votive offerings to everyday household items. The most significant of these artifacts include a large bronze statue of Athena Lindia and a marble head of the goddess Hera. These treasures provide a glimpse into the long history of the Acropolis and the many cultures that have influenced its development.
A rugged flight of stairs led up to the sanctuary. After it was destroyed by fire in 342 BC, the current temple was constructed, complete with the Propylaea and the massive stairway. The Hellenistic stoa is a later addition. The worship of Zeus Polieus was established in the third century BC, but Athena remained the sanctuary’s primary goddess. During the Roman era, the priest Aglochartos planted olive trees on the site, and an inscription claims that the Sanctuary of Psithyros was constructed near the Temple of Athena (2nd c. AD).  

Q Do we have any Discount on tickets if they are under 18 or over 65?

Yes,the price under 18 is free , students from EU Countries free
Students not from EU Countries 6 euros
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Q How do I get to the Acropolis of Lindos?

The Acropolis of Lindos is easily accessible from the village of Lindos. You can reach Lindos by car, taxi, or public transportation (bus) from Rhodes Town or other parts of the island. Once you arrive in Lindos, you can either walk up the hill to the Acropolis (approximately 20-30 minutes) or take a donkey ride, which is available at the entrance of the village.

Q Are there any nearby attractions worth visiting while I'm in Lindos?

Yes, there are several attractions in and around Lindos that you may want to explore during your visit. These include the picturesque village of Lindos itself, which is known for its traditional white houses, narrow streets, and vibrant atmosphere. Additionally, you can visit St. Paul's Bay, a beautiful beach with crystal-clear waters, located just a short walk from the village. Other nearby attractions include the Valley of the Butterflies, Seven Springs, and Tsambika Beach.

Q Is the Acropolis of Lindos wheelchair accessible?

Unfortunately, due to the uneven terrain and steep steps leading up to the Acropolis, it is not considered wheelchair accessible. Visitors with mobility issues may find it challenging to reach the site and navigate its pathways.

Q Can I take photos at the Acropolis of Lindos?

Yes, visitors are permitted to take photographs at the Acropolis of Lindos for personal use. However, the use of tripods, selfie sticks, and professional photography equipment may be restricted or require a special permit. Please respect the site's rules and avoid touching or climbing on the ancient structures to help preserve their integrity.

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