Built on a 116-meter-high cliff, it is a veritable balcony
overlooking the sea.
Above the modern city stands its ancient citadel, a natural fortification site used
by the ancient inhabitants of the area, and later by the Romans, the Byzantines,
Knights of the Order of Saint John and finally by the Turks.
According to tradition, Lindos was founded by Danao and participated in the Trojan
War, with its leader at the time as the War.
The worship of the goddess Athena must have settled
on the acropolis during the 9th century.
BC, in the geometric years. In 700 BC It was already an important trading center
of the region and had naval power.
In archaic times, Lindos developed into a major trading and naval power, under the
rule of the moderate tyrant Cleobulus (6th century BC), one of the “seven wise men”
In classical times, though a Doric city, it participated in the Delos Alliance but
during the Peloponnesian War, it allied with the Lacedaemonians. Its importance
gradually diminished after the founding of Rhodes in 407 BC.
Its ancient citadel was used not only by the ancient but also by the Romans, the
Byzantines, the knights of the Order of Saint John and finally by the Turks.
The building, Architectural, Fortification Elements
In the Lindos Acropolis, the most important monuments belong to antiquity. They
stand out: the Doric temple of Athena, built-in 300 BC. , the Propylaea of the
sacred temple of the same era, the “Hellenistic Arcade”, dating from 200 BC.
On the south
side, a pentagonal structure controlled the whole harbor but also the fortress and
From the Byzantine years the church of St. John, the 14th century,
was built on the ruins of a much older church that have been built at 500 AD.