MEDIEVAL TOUR – ACROPOLIS OF LINDOS AND THE CITADEL OF THE KNIGHTS
Looming high above the modern capital of Rhodes is the magnificent ancient Acropolis of Lindos and the Temple of Athena. The walled fortress is a historical podium with a prime vantage point atop a steep cliff, offering up spectacular panoramic views of the stunning coastline. The beautifully preserved Acropolis of Lindos is equally awe-inspiring and undoubtedly one of the most impressive archaeological sites thanks to its stunning natural landscape. But that shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the ancient Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, the Knights of St John, and the Ottomans have all had a hand in the rich history of the citadel. Our specialist guide will reveal all as you wander around the 20-columned Hellenistic stoa, a timeless haven that instantly transports you to the era of an extraordinary civilization. Temple ruins dating back to the 4th-century BC, the four-portico building, the Bogbopion, where sacrifices took place, and the Byzantine chapel of Saint John encircle the iconic monument.
We also visit the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights, situated at the highest point of the medieval Rhodes Town. The 14th-century castle stands on the site of a 7th -century Byzantine fortress, and boasts a large courtyard with impressive towers, massive walls, and elaborate Gothic architecture for you to admire.
Inside the palace, there are over 150 rooms furnished with beautifully carved chairs, wall hangings, and other decorative ornaments from medieval times. This tour is an absolute delight for history buffs.