Discover “Colossal” Greek Beauty on Lindos

January 27, 2012
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Nestled in the Aegean Sea along with its other Dodecanese archipelago counterparts, Lindos, on the island of Rhodes, tends to outshine the other islands of Greece with its beauty and cultural significance.

Lindos is situated on the Northern side of Rhodes with buildings that are formed along a steep cliff formation. Among them is what is possibly one of the most important buildings in Greek history - the Lindos acropolis. According to Business Today Egypt, this acropolis is the only one left other than its counterpart in Athens.

The island has been inhabited since the Stone Age, according to RhodesGuide.org. Cretans were the first settlers there, and the Phoenicians and Dorians are said to have come prior to the Trojan War. After the war, the island began to develop rapidly - this development can now be seen in the ancient revels across the land mass. According to the news source, antiquity painting and sculpture were highly developed on Rhodes, so visitors can see remarkable works like Colossus, a bronze statue of the god Helios which is considered the most important sculpted work of the "Rhodian School."

The acropolis of Lindos is one of the ancient wonders that those on a Turkey and Greece cruise should take the time to explore. Most of the ruins date back to the Hellenistic era, and despite fire damage and the rebuilding of many temples and other buildings, an observant visitor would likely be able to see the earliest features, according to GreekLandscapes.com. In addition, reaching the top of the hilly town offers one-of-a-kind views over the Aegean Sea.

The medieval era also left its mark on Lindos. Knights built an impressive wall around the entire acropolis plateau and created the Palace of Knights, which is located at the top of a staircase leading to the acropolis. Both can still be seen by visitors today as they traverse the only staircase that has ever served as an access point to the structure.

The harbors of Lindos made it a unique and important defensive and commercial feature for Rhodes. Inhabitants have been using it as such for years, capitalizing on seafaring and trading activies to make up for the fact that the land there is not fertile. Today, visitors can also enjoy the harbors, as they offer gorgeous, warm beaches.


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