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Rhodos, Rhodes
Lindos and the Acropolis
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The main attraction on the island of Rhodes after Rhodes city is the photogenic town of Lindos on its antique Acropolis. The distance to Rhodes Town is about 55 kilometers. Around 3600 people live in Lindos and that is considered quite large for a village on a Greek island. The Temple of Athenia Lindia is a sanctuary that dates from the Doric time and was built around 348 AD. This sanctuary was famous throughout Greece. As the sanctuary was important, more and more houses were built around it. During the Roman and Byzantine times it was a gradually getting fortified. The Knights of St. John than built massive walls around the sanctuary in the 14th century on the foundations of the Byzantine remains. The old city down stayed inhabited because the temple was on the hill. Now it is a pleasant village with white houses and streets with cobbles. It is the most important trip-destination of Rhodes.

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Apart from the Acropolis and the remnants of a theatre from the 4th century BC in the village there are a number of notable 17th-century town houses and a church with Byzantine frescoes. This Panagia church dates from the 14th century and is flanked by a large bell tower. The frescoes were added around 1780 by an artist from the island of Symi. Many people also believe the many tourist shops and two beaches on both sides of the village are very attractive. The Acropolis can be reached through a number of stairs and paths leading up from the village itself and the route is signposted. There are donkey rides available in the village to bring you up but they are quite unnecessary (and cost 20 euro in 2016). There is an entrance fee once you get to the Acropolis (12 euro in 2016 but absolutely worth it). Lindos is one of the most impressive antiquities in Greece.

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To the north lies the main beach or village beach where the excursion boats arrive and to the south lies the Bay of st. Paul. Saint Paul landed in Rhodes in 43 AD and the legend tells that the bay was formed when the rocks opened to protect the boat of St. Paul against a storm that threatened to let his boat sink.

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Hans Huisman, http://www.angelfire.com/super2/greece/ 2016
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