TEMPLE OF ATHENA LINDIA - Rhodes

Updated: Oct 19, 2021

Temple of Athena Lindia - Rhodes

This site was considered especially significant in the ancient world as even Alexander the Great offered sacrifices here.


By Alexios Demos on February 9, 2020
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Indicative Information | Tickets Full: €12, Reduced: €6 | Visiting Times Summer: 08:00 -20:00 | Lindos, Rhodes (Prefecture of Dodekanissa) Postcode: 85107 | More info call +302241365200 / 2241365200

This temple was burned and destroyed through the ravages of time and in the 4th century a new temple the one surviving to this day was erected in Doric style.

“I was able to make a new friend as this wonderful furry creature followed me for the entire time I walked the site (for beyond an hour) and refused to leave me until I left the grounds!”

"Gold rained on the island [of Rhodes] at the time when Athena was born from the head of Zeus."


Temple of Athens Lindia - Rhodes

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Lindos was a powerful ancient Greek city-state of fabled beauty and power and here is where the creator of the Colossus of Rhodes (280 BC) one of the Seven Wonder of the Ancient World was born; Chares of Lindos. The history of Lindos stems all the way back to the Bronze Age where already by the 8th century BC the city-state had a formidable naval force. Cleobulus the great tyrant ruler of Rhodes in the 6th century BC and one of the Seven Sages of Greece (7 men renowned for their wisdom during this era) most likely commissioned the first temple of Athena Lindia on the Acropolis of Lindos. This temple was burned and destroyed through the ravages of time and in the 4th century a new temple the one surviving to this day was erected in Doric style. This site was considered especially significant in the ancient world as even Alexander the Great offered sacrifices here. Even though we associate the goddess of wisdom Athena with Athens it is interesting to note that in ancient Greek mythology describing the birth of Athena Rhodes is strikingly mentioned: "Gold rained on the island [of Rhodes] at the time when Athena was born from the head of Zeus."

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I visited this site and I was the only visitor of the entire day in quiet and somewhat lazy winter Lindos however to my delight I was able to make a new friend as this wonderful furry creature followed me for the entire time I walked the site (for beyond an hour) and refused to leave me until I left the grounds! I instantly remembered what a common theme shapeshifting was in Ancient Greece as the Gods often took the form of animals and had this wonderful, curious and genuine feeling that Athena was pleased I had visited her temple and decided to tour me on the premises!

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Date of Visit: Jan 29, 2020

Weather Conditions: A Warm Winter Day

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