THE ACROPOLIS OF LINDOS
Lindos is in the south part of Rhodes, 50km from the city. On the top of the abrupt rock is the Acropolis. Reaching it is only by the north side. The south part of the hill is 116m above the level of the sea. Going up the slope, the visitor can see dedicated inscriptions to goddess Athena engraved, whose temple is inside the walls of Acropolis.
The temple of Lyndia Athena, which was built during the 4th century BC, is visible from the sea, as it is located in the highest spot of the rock.
Looking from the Acropolis down to the cove you can see the church of Saint Paul. It is built in the spot where – according to tradition – the saint got off after a big tempest in the sea as he was going to Ierosolima.
Kastelo is the acropolis of the Medieval City of Rhodes and is one of the World Culture Inheritance monuments of Unesco.
In its interior are the famous Knight’ buildings. Its walls took their current feature in 1280 by the Great Magister D’ Aubusson. Their length is about 4km, they have seven entrances and 150 shields with blazons.
It is also known as Kastelo. The castle is built on a rocky mountain. In 1480 Ottomans sieged it, but did not manage to conquer it. It is preserved in a very good condition. The blazons of Great Magister D’ Amboise (1503-1512) and Great Magister Origny (1467-1476) are saved in the castle’s entrance.
It is one of the most powerful castles in Rhodes. It has a height of 237m and an impressive view to the sea. It was built around 1467 by the Great Magister D’ Aubusson on the remains of a Byzantine castle. The shield with its blazon is still in the castle’s gate. This castle stayed impenetrable despite the invasions by would-be conquerors.
It is located in the Municipal of Archagelos. The date of its construction stays unknown. When pirates were executed by the Knights of Saint John, they used it as a refuge. The Knights reinforced its walls. Today only these walls are saved.