History and Culture


Lindos is known worldwide for its natural beauty and rich historical background. The village itself is situated on a network of cobbled streets and is maintained by a world heritage preservation order. The houses are small, whitewashed and sit beautifully on the hillside making it one of the most attractive places on the island of Rhodes.
Above the modern village rises the Acropolis of Lindos, a natural citadel, which was fortified successively by the Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Knights of St. John and the Ottomans. The Acropolis offers spectacular views of the surrounding bays and rugged coastline. Most predominant amongst the ruins is the reconstructed Doric temple of Athena Lindia. Walking up the pathway that leads high up to the Acropolis, the first ruins you will encounter are the medieval walls.

Other village attractions and historic sites:

The remains of an Ancient Amphitheatre carved into the slope of the Acropolis.

St. Paul’s Bay, where the Apostle first set foot on the island bringing Christianity to Rhodes.

‘Kleoboulous’s tomb’: a dome made of stone positioned at the tip of the bay.

The Byzantine Panagia church located in the centre of the village. The church is distinguished by the well preserved medieval bell tower.

A number of historic houses dating from 16th, 17th or 18th century. On the way to the Acropolis a typical old house preserves the nuptial bed with the embroidery called ‘sperveri’ and the ‘piatelotoihos’, a wall covered by a unique collection of colourful Iznik ceramics.