October 14 - 20, 2018: Issue 379

 

LINDOS

LINDOS
By George Repin

On the east coast of the island of Rhodes, about 56 Km. from the town of Rhodes, the popular tourist attraction, Lindos, is magnificently situated between two bays, with its low whitewashed houses overlooked by a medieval castle and an ancient acropolis.


Distant view of the acropolis of Lindos with white houses in foreground.

Remains from the Neolithic period confirm that the site, on the island’s only natural harbor, was occupied from the 3rd millennium BCE.  Developed by the Dorians, Lindos became the most powerful town on Rhodes by the 12th Century BCE, due to its naval power.  Its two harbors and its impregnable acropolis were unique.  The town reached the height of its power in the 6th Century BCE.  The Temple of Athena Lindia was built in 550 BCE.  An aqueduct, whose water still flows from a spigot surviving in the village square, was built at that time.  When the town of Rhodes was built in 408 BCE some residents moved to the new town but Lindos remained the centre of maritime trade.

Cars are not allowed in the town so a visitor must explore on foot. For those finding the walk up to the acropolis daunting donkeys are available.


Donkeys available to take tourists up to the acropolis.

Acropolis Street, lined by cafes, souvenir shops and travel agencies, leads into the town.  Houses in picturesque little lanes date from the 16th, 17th and 18th Centuries.  Their traditional architecture and decoration is unique and generally not found in other areas of Greece. Mosaics, characteristically, are made with black and white pebbles in unusual patterns.


An example of a pebble mosaic.

Lindos has good bathing beaches with beautiful Pallas Bay below the town.  On the walk up the hill to the acropolis there are fine views of the harbor and surrounding waterways.  From the entrance to the acropolis a stepped path leads to a small square with a Byzantine tower on the south side.


The beach at Pallas Bay.


A view from the path up to the acropolis.


Steps up to the Byzantine tower.


Inside the Byzantine tower.


The top of the acropolis.


View of houses in the town from the top of the acropolis.

Nearby, on a sheer rock face, is a carving of a ship, commemorating a victory by Admiral Hegesandros of Miklon in the 2nd Century BCE.


Prow of the trireme of Hegesandros carved into the rock face.

A monumental staircase 21 m. wide leads up to Propylaea of the early 3rd c BCE behind which is a courtyard surrounded by columns (not in good order) at the back of which is a comparatively modest but artistically impressive temple of Athena Lindia. The temple is only 22 meters long and 8 metres wide – but merges well into the natural environment and the arrangement of buildings on the acropolis.


The monumental steps.


Propylaia.


Plan of the acropolis area.

There is a good view of the harbor of Ayios Pavlos (St Pauls Bay) from the top of the acropolis complex.  The Apostle Paul is said to have sought shelter here from a storm during his voyage from Ephesus to Syria in 51 CE.


View out to sea from top of monumental steps - over the propylaea.


The small harbor of Ayios Pavlos (St Paul's Bay)

When visiting Rhodes the town of Lindos should not be overlooked. 


The citadel.

(Photographs by George Repin in 2001 and 2006)

Previous Reflections by George Repin 

The Nineteen Thirties  Remembering Rowe Street  The Sydney Push  Saturday Night at the Movies  Shooting Through Like A Bondi Tram  A Stop On The Road To Canberra  City Department Stores - Gone and Mostly Forgotten  An Australian Icon - thanks to Billy Hughes  Crossing The Pacific in the 1930s  Hill End  The Paragon at Katoomba  Seafood In Sydney  How Far From Sydney?  Cockatoo Island Over The Years  The Seagull at the Melbourne Festival in 1991  Busby's Bore  The Trocadero In Sydney  Cahill's restaurants  Medical Pioneers in Australian Wine Making  Pedal Power and the Royal Flying Doctor Service  Pambula and the Charles Darwin Connection  Gloucester and the Barrington Tops  A Millenium Apart  Have You Stopped to Look?  Gulgong  Il Porcellino  Olympia  Durham Hall  Sargent's Tea Rooms Pie Shops and Street Photographers  The Ballet Russes and Their Friends in Australia  Hotels at Bondi  Alma Ata Conference - 1978 Keukenhof - 1954 The Lands Department Building and Yellowblock Sandstone  The Goroka Show - 1958  A Gem On The Quay  Staffa  The Matson Line and Keepsake Menus Kokeshi Dolls  The Coal Mine At Balmain  The Hyde Park Barracks  The Changing Faces Of Sydney From Pounds and Pence to Dollars and Cents Nell Tritton and Alexander Kerensky  Making A Difference In Ethiopia William Balmain  J C Bendrodt and Princes Restaurant Azzalin Orlando Romano and Romano's Restaurant  Waldheim  Alcohol in Restaurants Before 1955  King Island Kelp  The Mercury Theatre   Around Angkor - 1963   Angkor Wat 1963  Costumes From the Ballets Russe Clifton at Kirribilli  Chairman Mao's Personal Physician  The Toby Tavern The MoKa at Kings Cross  The Oceaographic  Museum  in Monaco  The Island of Elba  Russian Fairy Tale Plates  Meteora  Souda Bay War Cemetery Barrow, Alaska  Cloisonné  Tripitaka Koreana Minshuku The Third Man Photographs and Memories  Not A Chagall!  Did You Listen? Did You Ask?  Napier (Ahuriri, Maori) New Zealand  Borobudur  Ggantija Temples Plumes and Pearlshells  Murano  University of Padua  Ancient Puebloe Peoples - The Anasazi   Pula  The Gondolas of Venice Cinque Terre  Visiting the Iban David The Living Desert Bryce Canyon National Park   Aphrodisias   The Divine Comedy Caodaism  Sapa and local Hill People  A Few Children  Cappadocia  Symi Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre   Aboriginal Rock Art on Bigge Island    ANZAC Cove (Ari Burnu) 25 April, 1997  Hotere Garden Oputae  Children of the Trobriand Islands  Page Park Market - Rabaul  Rabual   Kotor, Montenegro   Galleries of Photographs I   Lascaux  Galleries of Photographs II   The Cathedral of St. James – Šibenik, Croatia  Ivan Meštrović  - Sculptor   Delphi   Gallery of Photographs III  The Handicrafts of Chiang Mai Raft Point  San Simeon - "Hearst Castle"  Floriade - The Netherlands - 1982  Russian New Year  Mycenae  "Flightseeing" Out Of Anchorage Alaska  The White Pass and Yukon Route  Totem Poles  Tivkin Cemetery  Krka National Park - Croatia  Tavistock Square and the BMA  Orthodox Easter  Wieliczka Salt Mine  A Walk on Santorini  Indonesian Snapshots  Ephesus - The Library of Celsus  Ephesus - Some Places Of Interest  Waimea Canyon and the Kalalau Valley United Nations Headquarters 1958  A Miscellany of Flower Images  Gardens  Bath St. David's In Wales   Zion National Park Nicholas Himona - Artist  Kraków  Lilianfels  Collonges-La-Rouge  Gingerbread Houses   Cape Sounion   Delos  Wroclaw  Colonial Williamsburg  Gruyères   Strasbourg  Coventry Cathedral  The Roman Theatre at Aspendos  Turkish Carpets The Duomo of Orvieto  Rovinj  The City Walls of Dubrovnik Monaco - Snapshots   Bonifacio, Corsica  Autumn in New England USA  The Great Ocean Road  Pompeii  Didyma  Lawrence Hargrave 1850-1915  The Corinth Canal  Malta  Snapshots of Amsterdam Café Central - Vienna  The Forbidden City - Beijing, China  A Ride on the Jungfrau Railway - 1954   Snapshots in the Highlands of Scotland 1954  Must See Sights in Paris - 1954  Corfu  Reflections On the Nineteen Thirties The Gold Souk in Dubai  Stromboli   Ha Long Bay - Vietnam  Lake Argyle The Bungle Bungle Range Langgi Inlet, W.A.  White Cliffs, NSW - 1990  Sturt National Park - May, 1990 A Few Statues and Water Spouts  The Dodecanese Archipelago  Rhodes  Lindos

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