After two wonderful days visiting the historic city of Rhodes, we headed south along the east coast of the island to Lindos, an ancient city founded around 10 B.C. by the Dorians and one of six cities known as the Dorian Hexapolis. Its location made a natural site for trade between the Greeks and the Phoenicians and it only lost its importance after the founding of the City of Rhodes in the 5th century B.C.
Dominated by the acropolis (citadel) of Lindos, in the classical period it enclosed the Doric temple of Athena Lindia, completed around 300B.C. and was later successively occupied by the Greeks and Romans. The massive surrounding fortress was erected (on older Byzantine fortifications) in the 14th century A.D. by the Knights of St. John to defend the Island against the Ottoman empire. The large rock to the right of the village partly surrounds St. Paul’s Bay where it is said the Apostle Paul took refuge from a storm and so brought the ‘Christian message’ to the Island.
The bay encloses a bathing beach favoured by holidaying families. Looking away to the left from this picturesque beach, one is confronted by a massive pile of rock with the Acropolis on the summit, a very daunting sight for any would be invader!
It is understandable why this area of the island was chosen by director J. Lee Thompson for some of the scenes seen in the
film ‘The Guns of Navarone’.
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After gazing in awe at the scale of the citadel, it is time to climb back up the hill to the village itself. The acropolis dominates the village and to reach it the visitor faces a very imposing staircase. For further details of Lindos and its acropolis click on Citadel.
Even though our visit took place in early summer, the narrow streets and quaint shops were bustling with visitors enjoying the warm sunshine and looking for local wares. Greek and Turkish glazed pottery are favoured purchases, along with leather items. Many of the whitewashed buildings are typical of those seen across many of the Greek Islands; the architecture is influenced by a mixture of Mediaeval, Byzantine, Arab and Rhodean design.
Narrow cobbled streets lead up from the harbour far below and these hard working donkeys are used to carry visitors up the hill to the village. Here they stand, patiently waiting for their next passengers. The small boy in the foreground looks hopeful?
After taking in the sights, we found our way up some narrow stairs to a sheltered terrace overlooking the sea. Surrounded by a green oasis of cooling plants and amongst friendly folk from all around the world, we enjoyed some delightful refreshments, capping off a memorable visit to this ancient and picturesque village.