Here Cleoboulos, one of the seven sages of ancient Greece
lived and ruled.
While Rome was a small Etruscan village , Lindos was a centre of
civilized life, or art and culture.
The temple of LINDIA Athena was built by Cleoboulos in 550
B.C. and rebuilt in the 3rd century B.C. in the form you see today.
The Apostole Paul was ship-wrecked at Lindos, founded the
Rhodian church, and gave his name to St.Paul's Bay.
When the Hellenistic and Byzantine world fell to the Saracen
invasions , the knights of St.John occupied the island.
They fortified the Acropolis, incorporating the old Byzantine
church which is still visible.
The church in the village, dedicated to Assumption of our
Lady ( Panaghia ) was built by the knights in the 14th century and frescoed by Gregorio of Symi in the
traditional style in 1779.
The fascination of Lindos depends on the layering of the
centuries each providing a distinctive flavour, the ancient Greeks, the knights, the houses of the 18th
century ship masters, the restaurants and shops of today.