ACROPOLIS OF LINDOS Lindos is its rock
This rock, which rises to 116 m. forms the finishing touch to the landscape of Lindos, standing dry and imposing in its bareness and surrounded on all sides by the sea, so that Lindos ,may rejoice in the ocean, in the words of a hellenistic epigram. Lindos does not seem to have been particularly important in the earlier periods, though sporadic finds of the Neolithic period and the Bronze Age have been discovered on the acropolis.
According to legend, the foundation of the sanctuary of Athena Lindia goes back to the Mycenaean period, and Mycenaean finds have been yielded by cemeteries in the broader area of Lindos. The Archaic period (7th-6th c BC) was a golden age for Lindos, which played a leading role in the Greek colonisation movement, its most important foundation being Gela in Sicily. The 6th c BC was dominated by the figure of a moderate tyrant, Kleoboulos who ruled Lindos for many years, and was Included amongst the seven sages of the ancient world.
During his rule, the Archaic temple of Athena was built on the site of an earlier structure, and the acropolis received its first monumental form. The Persian advance and later the merger of the three old cities into the new city of Rodos (408 BC) led to a diminution in the importance of Lindos as a political and economic power.
It nevertheless continue to be an important centre, focused on the famous sanctuary of Athena, which received its final monumental form in the Hellenistic period and became the leading sanctuary on the island. The acropolis was used as a fortress in antiquity, as well as In Byzantine times, in the period of the Knights of St. John, and in that of Ottoman rule.
Today, the ascent to the acropolis is still by the same steep road as in antiquity. After the first outer entrance to the medieval fortress, and before beginning to climb the large stairway that leads up to the Administrative Building of the Knights, we encounter two important monuments on our left a semicircular Hellenistic exedra, and, next to it, a depiction of the prow of an ancient ship carved in relief in the rock, which formed the base of a statue of Agesandros son of Milkion, the work of the sculptor Pythokritos in the early 2nd c. BC The fortification of Lindos by the Knights goes back to the 14th-15th c AD.
Passing through the ground - floor of the Knights Administrative Build Building, we emerge into a large square, which occupies the lowest level of the acropolis and was full of votive offerings in ancient times. A row of vaulted structures, built in the l st c. BC, stood on either side of a stairway leading up to the level of the large Hellenistic stoa, built ca. 200 BC. The large stairway behind the stoa leads up to the highest level where are to be found the Propylaia and the temple of Athena, which formed the main sacred precinct.
The temple was completely isolated from the outside world by a wall with five entrances. In front of and behind it were stoas with rooms. The inner stoa flanked a courtyard in front of the temple, in which there was probably an altar. The temple, which measures about 22x8 m is a Doric, amphiprostyle tetrastyle structure. It was constructed in the 4th c. BC or in the early Hellenistic period on the site of Kleoboulos temple, which had burned down in 392 BC. It stands at the highest point of the rock and was the culmination of the stepped vista offered by the stoa and the Propylaia to anyone ascending to the acropolis.
From the highest point of the acropolis can be seen the lower city, in which the most important monuments still visible are the theatre, the Tetrastoon and the Archokrateion at Kambana, a monumental tomb of an important Lindian family. The Byzantine church of the Panayia is also in the lower city. it was built It In the 15th c. and decorated with wall-paint paintings in the 17th and 18th c. The traditional settlement of Lindos is in a very good state of preservation. A large number of archontika (mansions) survive, the most Important of them from the 17th c., indicating that Lindos was a flourishing naval power in the early period of Turkish rule, as indeed throughout its entire history.
The Lindos Castle is found on the top of a 116m rock and serves as an entrance point to the Acropolis and the temple of Athena and once was used as the administrative building of the Knights. Today, the ascent to the acropolis Is still by the same steep road as in antiquity. After the first outer entrance to the medieval fortress, and before beginning to climb the large stairway that leads up to the Administrative Building of the Knights, we encounter two important monuments on our left a semicircular Hellenistic exedra, and, next to it, a depiction of the prow of an ancient ship carved in relief in the rock, which formed the base of a statue of Agesandros son of Milkion, the work of the sculptor Pythokritos in the early 2nd c. BC
The fortification of Lindos by the Knights goes back to the 14th-15th c AD. Passing through the ground - floor of the Knights Administrative Build Building, we emerge into a large square, which occupies the lowest level of the acropolis and was full of votive offerings in ancient times.
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lousat (57626) 2012-09-05 1:17
Hi Maria,very very useful pic,i'll be there from Saturday and Lindos is very close to my hotel.Magnificent point of view to create this beautiful contrast between the white facades and the imposing fortress,excellent details and light management too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Sonata11 (28331) 2012-09-05 4:42
what a spectacular architecture in this place. Magnificent POV you chosen and DOF as well. Colors, sharpness, clarity, lighting are fantastic. This composition is absolutely beautiful. I love the white facade of those houses and the fortress on the top. Awesome shot!
All the best,
mirosu (5509) 2012-09-05 5:14
Thanks for long interesting explanatory note.
Three beautiful and unique layers in this picture, the beige umrelas, the white houses and the bit darker Acropolis om the top.
Each layer has different shape and colors but all are united by the nice harmonizing content of this excellent photo. The light, your lower viewpoint and very good deep depth of field is also very good. Very well done.
jmdias (45790) 2012-09-05 7:21
lindo is a portuguese word (beautiful)and this place is really "lindo". haha.
marvelous view of the castle in the upper side and the white houses protected by it. excellent vertical format. TFS.
pajaran (36224) 2012-09-05 8:24
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o starom gradu, sa istorijom ...
Lep pogled na bele kuce i staru tvrdjavu.
Dobra ostrina i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepi suncobrani.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
Very interesting and good article on the old city, with a history of ...
A beautiful view of the white house and the old fortress.
Good sharpness and contrast, beautiful color.
Good work and composition, beautiful umbrellas.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.
ikeharel (37316) 2012-09-05 8:42
I know exactly the point you had taken this beautiful photo: I was there on 5/1999 and it had not changed a bit since, the Acropolis - I mean...
Lovely location, many POV's for any photographer.
Schnappilic (7927) 2012-09-05 9:43
Beautiful composition with the Acropolis of Lindos on top and white houses in center. Well done!
All the best,
cornejo (18054) 2012-09-05 9:49
Hello Maria, interesting and nice picture of this beautiful view with the castle dominating the landscape, is well framed, with clarity, depth, good light and color. Good and nice work my friend, congratulations. Tfs.
Good afternoon and happy week.
mohammad_H (6598) 2012-09-05 9:59
Well you look at the fascinating architecture on top of the rocks
The combination of modern and ancient architecture
I wish you good night.
fabbs99 (5441) 2012-09-05 11:03
The Lindos Castle looks Majestic on top of the hill.The white houses surrounding the hill top adds color to the scenic beauty of the place.Nice surrounding and presented with a lot of passion through your lens.TFS.
Have a great day
ourania (12367) 2012-09-05 13:35
αυτό το μέρος είναι τόσο ενδιαφέρον και γοητευτικό, έχει αρχιτεκτονική και φυσική ομορφιά, υπέροχο φως. Η σύνθεσή σου τα αναδεικνύει θαυμάσια όλα αυτά με εκπληκτική διάυγεια, αρμονία και κομψότητα. Μου αρέσει πολύ ο τρόπος που την εμπλούτισες και πρόσθεσες προοπτική με τις ομπρέλες. Τα φυσικά χρώματα της πέτρας και των δέντρων δημιουργούν πολύ ευχάριστη αίσθηση ενώ τα ανοιχτόχρωμα σπίτια και οι ομπρέλες αντανακλούν το φως και προσθέτουν λάμψη στην εικόνα. Θαυμάσια παρουσίαση, συγχαρητήρια και ευχαριστώ!
Να είσαι καλά, καληνύχτα,
baddori (18988) 2012-09-05 22:10
Anticipation of photos of Luciano in 15 days.
A photo very beautiful and an interesting note.
The fortress and the castle that contains, from the description, immense treasures.
Looking forward to another picture the white houses in outline.
Nice picture and interesting note.
danos (73974) 2012-09-06 0:32
Μαρία γεια σου,
πολύ όμορφη η παρουσίαση του κάστρου της Λίνδου με τα κάτασπρα σπίτια να φτάνουν μέχρι τις υπώρειες του βράχου.Το κοντραστ των χρωμάτων είναι εξαιρετικό με το λαμπρό φως να ζωντανεύει το όλο σκηνικό.
dkmurphys (36801) 2012-09-06 1:05
Lovely postcard from that picturesque place. I like the old castle that guards over the village. Well taken, enjoy a fine day.
adramad (27552) 2012-09-06 15:08
Fabulous composition with a superb POV, Fort looks stunning in the hilltop perched on the rocks, these beautiful white houses climbing the hillside, the diagonal formed by the umbrellas in the foreground is an ideal touch .
Perfect brightness and sharpness, is a postcard of this beautiful island.
Have a good night.
abmdsudi (26233) 2012-09-07 5:31
Great panorama, with some wonderful fresh colours of this scenic looking settlement with clusters of bright traditional white houses nicely filling the slope with the fortress dominates the skyline. Excellent clarity from this pov, full of detail, depth and contrast. A well taken shot, Congrats, TFS.
mkamionka (24529) 2012-09-10 2:58
I like the multiple layered composition here with each layer being different also in the year of origin. Starting from the old fortress at the top through the houses to the promenande at the bottom. It seems to be a lovely place.
Very well done,
Didi (48926) 2012-10-06 1:27
Nice view on the acropolis under nice summer lights.
The shades give an interesting 3D effect