Rodos like almost every part of Greece, has many important archeological sites and monuments, evidence of a glorious history of over three thousand years. Every year excavations bring to the light new foundlings.
It is common in Greece for a church or an important building to be situated over the relics of an ancient temple, or for medieval fortification to use ancient castles and walls. Because of the continuity of Rodos’ history and the re-use of buildings and materials much of the historical-artistic heritage is assimilated also into the structure of simple constructions.
In this sense, Rodos is an open museum, where traces of the past eras can be found even on humble village houses. Perhaps the most important archeological site on the island is the remains of the ancient city of Kamiros (also known as Kameiros or Camirus in Latin) on the southwest part of the island. Surely the most popular site is the Acropolis over the village of Lindos, accessible only on foot. The Doric Temple of Athena is found inside the medieval Castle creating an interesting blend of two cultures. The construction of the Acropolis is dated back to 1100 B.C.
No more than a kilometer from the center of the city, on the beautiful hill of Ayios Stefanos (Monte Smith), lie the sparse remains of the Hellenistic Era of Rodos. The site contains a restored amphitheater, a stadium and the remains of the temple of Apollo . On the top of the Filerimos’ hill, are the few remains of the ancient Ialissos together with a Byzantine castle and monastery.
|Ancient Camiros site|
|Acropolis of Lindos|
|Temple of Apollo (Acropolis)|
|Tomb of Cleobulus the Lindian|