TEMPLE OF APOLLO - Rhodes

Updated: Oct 15, 2021

Temple of Apollo - Rhodes

As an architect, it was strangely satisfying witnessing the Temple of Apollo (3rd century BC) on the Acropolis of Rhodes engulfed by scaffolding during sunset.


By Alexios Demos on February 19, 2020
Acropolis of Rhodes Temple of Apollo with Scaffolding
Restoration Work - Temple of Apollo | Acropolis of Rhodes | Rhodes | © Copyright 2021 Alexios Demos

Indicative Information | Entrance Appears to Be Free | Theoretically Anytime | Diagoridon 68, Rhodes (Prefecture of Dodekanissa) Postcode: 85100

The site is located on the Monte Smith hill and overlooks the “new” city of Rhodes offering an absolutely killer night view perfect for photography so don’t forget this spot!

“It blows my mind that this site is open 24hours a day, has no entrance fee and how little has been written about it on the internet.”

This is a massive missed opportunity as most visitors are not even aware of all of the ruins there is to discover on this site!


Temple of Apollo - Rhodes

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As an architect, it was strangely satisfying witnessing the Temple of Apollo (3rd century BC) on the Acropolis of Rhodes engulfed by scaffolding during sunset. It felt as if construction was taking place currently and it also reminded me of the endless hours spent in architecture school orbiting around 3d computer models getting dizzy from the countless geometric polygons. Even with the scaffolding you just know that something special lies beneath because the proportions of the temple are so carefully considered! The site is located on the Monte Smith hill and overlooks the “new” city of Rhodes offering an absolutely killer night view perfect for photography so don’t forget this spot!

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Besides the temple the site consists of a theatre, a stadium, ruins of a smaller temple to Apollo and other public buildings as well as cave-like constructions used for worship and recreation (Nympaia). It blows my mind that this site is open 24hours a day, has no entrance fee and how little has been written about it on the internet. This is a massive missed opportunity as most visitors are not even aware of all of the ruins there is to discover on this site! Personally I do not understand why on earth this site has not been developed and I truly hope I will bring awareness to it so something might be done in the future by the department of Hellenic Archaeology. Considering how far away Lindos is from the airport and the city of Rhodes (roughly 50mins driving - cabs cost in excess of 50 euros) this site could easily accommodate for tourists who do not want to travel far!

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Date of Visit: Jan 30, 2020

Weather Conditions: Afternoon visit around 17:30 (Winter Sunset) - It had just rained and the sun made a guest appearance for its grand show - the clouds where still dark

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