I've just reloaded this due to a mistake thanks to PhilJ for the vote of confidence!
The climb up to the Acropolis is via many steep stone steps that start off from one of the upper back alleys in the town, but the views from the summit are reward enough for your labours.
The original site consisted of the Temple of Athena Lindia and dates from the second millennium BC. This temple, along with several other stunning buildings within the Acropolis, is currently undergoing massive restoration work, which accounts for the photographically annoying cranes and scaffolding that were in existence during our visit last month.
After the temple was built, a large colonnaded avenue (stoa) was added, along with various vaults and cisterns, making Lindos the most important site in the entire Dodecanese.
During the Byzantine period of rule, substantial fortifications were added as the Acropolis took on a more militaristic role, and after the Knights of St John commandeered the site, much of the original Hellenistic stonework was plundered to repair and expand the Byzantine fortress.
Lindos was chosen for its virtually impregnable position; the hill has a sheer drop to the sea on three sides, with the town occupying the fourth lower side. Maritime invaders would have found it impossible to berth their craft due to the lack of any natural landing stages, and the climb to the summit would have been considered suicidal.
History lesson over, hope you were taking notes!
Thanks for looking, C&C always welcome.
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