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The Acropolis of Lindos, Rhodes

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The acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.View over the bay of Saint-Paul from the acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes - Click to enlarge in Fotolia (new tab)Temple of Athena Lindia of the acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.

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The acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes, night. Click to enlarge the image.The acropolis of Lindos is certainly the most interesting archaeological site of Rhodes and attracts the world thousands of visitors each year.

Location

The acropolis of Lindos is located at the top, forming a triangular plateau, a rock 125 meters high.
Attempt to reconstruct the acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.The acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.The acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.
View of the coast from the acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.View from the acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.The acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.
The south side of the Acropolis offers a spectacular view over the beautiful bay of Saint Paul, from a height of 170 meters.
Gulf View from the acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.Gulf seen from the acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.Cliff of the Acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.
Coordinates: Latitude: 36.091635 (36 ° 5 '29.9 ") N, Longitude: 28.08805 (28 ° 5' 17.0") E

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The Acropolis
The acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.Entrance to the acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.Very difficult to access, only stairs on the north side can reach the bottom of the ramparts of the castle built by the Knights, and the acropolis.

The acropolis is surrounded by a wall of contemporary Hellenistic staircase leading to the entrance of the archaeological site. It is a building carefully made with vertical and horizontal joints. A wall protected the acropolis after the war Persian. A Roman inscription mentions that repairs have been made ​​at the expense of P. Aelius Hagetor, the priest of Athena (second century BC).

Gulf View from the acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.Gulf View from the acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.The acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.
View over the bay of Saint-Paul from the acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.The acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.View over the bay of Saint-Paul from the acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes - Click to enlarge in Fotolia (new tab)
Attempt to reconstruct the acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.Upstairs are the buildings of the palace chapel and the Gothic by an archway on the left, we reach the Acropolis: Twenty Doric columns mark the location of identified Doric stoa , the monumental staircase leads to the Propylaea ; Then, we find the small sanctuary of Athena Lindia .
The exedra
Exedra of the acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.At the foot of the Acropolis, before climbing the last steps of the great staircase leading to the citadel, is a semi-circular exedra and a bas-relief astonishing 4.5 m near 5 m, carved in stone, contained in every detail of the bow "trimolia" (trireme warship design fast Rhodian commonly used at that time).

Exedra of the acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.Dating from the second century BC, it probably is, according to an inscription on its base, a sculpture by the Rhodian Pythékritos (Pythacritos), which is also attributed to the famous "Winged Victory", exposed to Louvre Museum in Paris, which occupied a site similar to this one.

 

Exedra of the acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.Exedra of the acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.This bas-relief was used as a pedestal for the statue, now lost, Admiral Agesandros, the hero of the sea, winner of a naval battle in 180 BC, the bas-relief was related to the statue so that Admiral appears standing on his boat.
The Temple of Athena
View of the coast from the ruins of the temple of Athena at Lindos in Rhodes Lindia. Click to enlarge the image.The Temple of Athena at the bottom, a little to the left. Built to the highest point of the rock, in a place exposed to the eyes, it closes the perspective staircase given by the Propylaea and Stoa marrying upward movement of the ground.

The acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.

North wing of the portico of the temple of Athena on the acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.Columns of the temple of Athena at Lindos in Rhodes Lindia. Click to enlarge the image.Ruins of the temple of Athena at Lindos in Rhodes Lindia. Click to enlarge the image.
Ruins of the temple of Athena at Lindos in Rhodes Lindia. Click to enlarge the image.Ruins of the temple of Athena at Lindos in Rhodes Lindia. Click to enlarge the image.
The mythical origin of the temple of Athena
According to legend, a pre-Hellenic cult of Athena Lindia took place at the site of the Acropolis to 2500 BC (Neolithic).

According to mythology, in the fifteenth century BC, Danaos (the father of Danaides), leaving Egypt with 50 girls, took refuge in Lindos, erected a temple and, following the death of three of his daughters , a wooden statue dedicated to Athena. But according to Blinkenberg, originally, there was no temple, but only a sacred enclosure in which Pindar would refer.

However, it is certain that the ancient place of worship, as evidenced objects dating from the Neolithic and Mycenaean and caves dug in the temple worship.

Temple of Kleobule
The tyrant of Lindos, Kleobule (Kléoboulos) in the first part of the sixth century BC, this was replaced by first building a larger building and better and offered a golden crown to the wooden statue existing goddess. This archaic temple had the same plan amphi prostyle Doric tetrastyle the temple which succeeded, a monumental staircase of 7.50 m wide giving access to the sanctuary, as well as an altar.
The present temple
Front of the temple of Athena at Lindos in Rhodes Lindia. Click to enlarge the image. The present temple, which can now visit the ruins, dedicated to Athena Lindia, date from the fourth century BC to 342 BC as a fire destroyed the temple of Cleobulus, and Lindians rebuilt another temple at the end of the fourth century, perhaps around 300, before erecting a new statue of the goddess.

Temple of Athena at Lindos in Rhodes Lindia. Click to enlarge the image.The new temple was equipped Propylaea and a staircase. It was a building with two portals alike and with four Doric columns on the front and back. The new temple was about 22 meters to 8, and typically included three pieces in rows "pronaos" (vestibule), "naos" (cella housing the statue of the goddess) and "opisthodomos" (back room for treasure). It was built of stone and covered with plaster. The upper part, architrave and cornice was painted.

In the third century BC, the cult of Zeus was established Polieus well the goddess Athena remained the main sanctuary.

Temple of Athena at Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.In antiquity, the Temple of Athena Lindia was one of the most sacred sites of Greece. Alexander the Great and some of his successors made sumptuous sacrifices there and dedicated weapons to Athena Lindia after their victories.

Lindos remained the religious center of the island much longer after the founding of the city of Rhodes.

Temple of Athena at Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.Temple of Athena at Lindos in Rhodes - Click to enlarge in Fotolia (new tab)Temple of Athena at Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.
The Propylaea
It was during the first half of the third century BC the sacred area of the shrine was closed by the Propylaea Doric style (that is to say, a portico and a vestibule providing access to a temple) and that the staircases were built.

Gulf View from the acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.The Propylaea were built U-shaped on the model of Propylaea of the Acropolis in Athens and had the same orientation as the gantry. The main body was pierced with five doors and preceded by a Doric portico. A portal opened a grand double perspective on the one hand the sacrifices on the altar and the temple, the other on the port (Megalos Ialos) and current Charaki and cap Archangelos . He was flanked by two wings with asymmetric banquet decorated with works of art, whose facades with four Doric columns that reproduced the temple. The Propylaea were built of stone and painted on the top.

It remains almost nothing: only the foundations are still visible Propylaea.

Propylaea of the Acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.Propylaea of the Acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.Propylaea of the Acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.
Propylaea of the Acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes - Click to enlarge in Fotolia (new tab)Propylaea of the Acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.
Doric stoa the great
South wing of the portico of the acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image. At the end of the third century BC, is added to the base of the stairs a large portico (Megali Stoa) Doric even more monumental than the Propylaea.

Reconstruction of the stoa of the acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.The large stoa was shaped Π Greek and opened to the north, and it included a central body decorated with 26 columns flanking the front staircase and two symmetrical wings in advanced. The stoa measured 87 meters long and 9 wide and had a total of 42 columns of which 21 were identified in the years 1936-1938.

South wing of the portico of the acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.Tetrastyle front side wings of the stoa copied the temple facades had wings hexastyle (six columns) and were covered with a roof. Behind each wing of the stoa opened a room. The room in the west wing was followed by three smaller rooms and the wing is one. They were used to deposit the votive offerings for the goddess. These rooms opened onto a courtyard with a peristyle portico on three sides. There was an altar.

The wall of the stoa was not continuous but left a space of ten columns to give a better view of the stairs leading to the Propylaea.

The architects had therefore played on both passages alternating areas of light and shadow, the deployment of horizontal columns, double reduplication of the facade of the temple (2 times the Propylaea, 2 times the stoa), the climb to the sanctuary and full of emotion expectation of contact with divinity.

Later, around 200 BC, the fourth side of the court was closed by an Ionic portico.

South wing of the portico of the acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.The acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.Stairs leading to large portico of the acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.
Later, the square in front of the stoa was extended and two underground cisterns were built to collect rainwater from the roof of the Stoa and the Propylaea stairs. This plaza was supported by arcades (first century BC) still clearly visible today.
Terrace of the acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.Arches of the terrace of the acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.
The temple of Diocletian
The acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.In the third century AD, the Romans built a temple on the Acropolis dedicated, thinks it, the emperor Diocletian divine.
Temple ruins of Diocletian the acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.The acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.The acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.
The ancient theater
Ancient Theatre of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.On the southwest flank of the hill, in the temple of Athena but outside the acropolis, we identified the remains of an ancient theater of the fourth century BC The circular orchestra and steps have dug into the hillside. The proedras, honorary seats located around the orchestra and for civil servants, are still visible. The first three rows were also reserved for officials and a wall separated them from the rest of the step. In the wake of the theater stage is a building with columns supported a roof around a central courtyard garden. The entrance to the northwest side had a porch with a row of columns supporting an architrave. The theater could accommodate 1,500 to 1,700 spectators and was intended for religious ceremonies.

At a later period the place was occupied successively by three Christian churches.

Ancient Theatre of Lindos in Rhodes - Click to enlarge in Fotolia (new tab)

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History
The site was restored by the Italians during their domination of the island (1912-1943). The interpretation of the ruins of the acropolis of Lindos is Danish archaeologists due to KF Kinch and Christian Blinkenberg the Institute of Carlsberg, who undertook excavations in the early twentieth century.

During the excavation of the stoa in 1914, sections of the walls and the bottom of seven columns were uncovered. From 1936 to 1938, 21 of the 42 existing columns were re-erected. Walls were partially built and the terrace was recreated.

Excavation of the stoa Lindos in Rhodes in 1914. Click to enlarge the image.Restoration of the Stoa of the acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes from 1936 to 1938. Click to enlarge the image.

General Information

General
Views of the Gulf of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.Donkey of the acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.Staircase of the acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.You can access the Acropolis by a path and stairs, walk or to a certain point, a donkey. This rocky outcrop has to climb before 9 am, otherwise face temperatures over 45 ° in August.

The round trip takes about 1 hour.

Telephone: 00 30 224 403 12 58

The acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes. Click to enlarge the image.

Mount Krana out who stands in front of the spur of the Acropolis (west) side is his dug graves, including one from the Hellenistic period, which is a facade of Doric temple. You can climb to the top of the rock to enjoy the magnificent panorama (access from the south-east by a village lane and path).
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Open from 8 am to 18 pm Tuesday to Sunday 40 July to September and up to 15 hours from October to June

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