Acropolis of Lindos and The Citadel of the Knights
Let’s begin in unusual fashion, with what you won’t
see in Rhodes.
One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World once
proudly stood here.
He was the Colossus of Rhodes and is of course long
departed, probably destroyed by an earthquake.
Nevertheless as you arrive on this wonderful, historic
island, you may just be able to imagine this statue of
the Greek sun-god Helios in 280BC, standing 100 feet
tall in celebration of Rhodes’ victory over Cyprus.
The largest of the Dodecanese islands, Rhodes has
a compelling back story and there are still remnants
of its occupation by the Knights of St John during the
So while the Colossus may not be there, you will be
wowed by the many historical sites.
We travel first to Lindos, about 55km from Rhodes
Town and high above the village sits the impressive
Acropolis of Lindos with the Doric Temple of Athena,
built in 300 BC.
Captains’ mansions constructed between the 16th
and 18th centuries are dotted here and there and in
the heart of Lindos is the Church of the Virgin Mary
with lovely frescoes from the 15th Century.
Back in Rhodes is where we are really immersed in the
history of the island in the Knights’ Quarter.
We stroll through Gate d’Amboise to walk along
the Street of the Knights and see where they lived,
separated according to Order, their crests still visible
We will also see (outside) the imposing Palace of the
Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, a medieval
castle also known as the Kastello. It’s one of the
few examples of Gothic architecture in Greece. The
Byzantine citadel was built in the 7th Century, the
palace itself in the fourteenth.
Where the palace sits today could well have been the
spot where once stood the Colossus according to
Either way, this tour takes us into the heart of the
fascinating history of Rhodes.