Tuesday, October 07, 2008

L is for LINDOS in ABC Wednesday

Lindos is a small town on the Greek island of Rhodes. It is also known as the White town of Rhodes and has a history that goes back well into ancient, historical times. Wikipedia says:

Lindos was founded by the Dorians led by the king Tlepolemus of Rhodes, who arrived in about the 10th century BC. It was one of six Dorian cities in the area known as the Dorian Hexapolis. The eastern location of Rhodes made it a natural meeting place between the Greeks and the Phoenicians, and by the 8th century Lindos was a major trading centre. Its importance declined after the foundation of the city of Rhodes in the late 5th century.

In classical times the acropolis of Lindos was dominated by the massive temple of Athena Lindia, which attained its final form in around 300 BC. In Hellenistic and Roman times the temple precinct grew as more buildings were added. In early mediaeval times these buildings fell into disuse, and in the 14th century they were partly overlaid by a massive fortress built on the acropolis by the Knights of St John to defend the island against the Ottomans.

That Lindos snuggles beneath its Acropolis can easily be seen below.

The streets of Lindos are extremely narrow, and you are not allowed to drive into the town or park there - indeed, it is not possible to drive further than the town square.

Tourists have to park in the large car park above the town. They can then walk down (it is not far), take the free shuttle bus or hire one of the many donkies.

The town has of course its fair amount of tourist based trade which fill up the narrow streets close to the square.

But you don't have to walk far to see something like this: a beautiful doorway. Lindos is famous for its doorways (called hokhláki).

Or you might find one of the many small churches.

So if you should ever find yourself on the island of Rhodes, you could do worse than rent a car and head for Lindos.


Today's post is part of the the third round of ABC Wednesday. The founder, Denise Nesbitt, has changed the rules to make the system more practical. There is now a no-comment blog where you can post a copy or short version of your post with a link-back to your original post for the full version and comments. Scanning through this no-comment blog will give you more Learning about words beginning with L! She has also set up a new site where you can log on via Mr. Linky if you want to do that.

55 comments:

Ivar Ivrig said...

Beautiful shots Rune. I am still LLLLooking for something to post for ABC L this week :-)

Petrus said...

Looks like a very pretty place - ideal for a relaxing holiday..

Nice photographs.

'JoAnn's-D-Eyes'NL said...

Fantastic Runee!
Here I have not been yet I LOVE greece. Happy ABC:)

JoAnn's D Eyes
www.joannwalraven.blogspot.com

Anemone said...

Spennede lesing og flotte bilder da gitt. Feriert på Rhodos en gang, men fikk desverre ikke besøkt Lindos by.

Det fine med bilder fra denne kanten av verden er kontrastene, kontrastene mellom den blå himmelen og de hvite byene og de røde blomstene. Nydelig Rune, og det panoramabildet var nå fott da :-)

Kim from Hiraeth said...

It is a very white town! So scenic! The sky is so blue, too!

naturglede said...

Love your post! Likte spesielt det eselet, det så snilt ut da:)

Old Wom Tigley said...

I love local history and was pleased to read Denises post.. now I'm here I find myself happy to be learning even more... great pictures and post my friend.

agent112778 said...

great scenery :0

Reader Wil said...

Hi RuneE You have guided us on an interesting and beautiful tour on Rhodes. Greece has a very long history and is the origine of our civilization, this I realised last year very well when I was in Greece for the first time in my life. Great post RuneE!

Gary said...

All Rhodes don't lead to Lindos then!! Much prefer to travel by Donkey anyway. Very informative post.

PS - Happy Anniversary (36 years is some achievement)

PPS - Thanks for you recent comments. Much appreciated.

Gary

Dina said...

DONKEYS, donkeys!! yay! I want to ride one. Look at the lovely saddle!
The rest of the town isn't bad either. ;)

ellen b. said...

Oh what a wonderful looking city and destination! Love all the streets and doors. Looks like some steep walking!

Ackworth Born said...

you've obviously had a grand time in Greece - great to hear your tales.

Aileni said...

Superb pictures for a great choice.

Miss_Yves said...

Far from Norway, today !
A wonderful tour with your beautiful photographs
Miss Yves

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

a lovely greek post from a well-informed traveller

Marcos Santos said...

Very nice!

Interesting, Lindos in Portuguese means beautiful.

Ida said...

"Der skulle vi ha vøri Karl"....! ;)))
Flott serie.

Deslilas said...

Very luminous Lindos !

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

I would love to the visit the area... kind of neat to ride a donkey through the streets perhaps? =D
Hmmm... perhaps not.
Very nice photographs... lots of history.
~Michele~
Mountain Retreat

ChrisC and JonJ said...

I wanna go there!!!Such a pretty place.

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

Marvelous this place!
Lindo in Portuguese means Beautiful!

Beautiful view!

Santilli

crete said...

Beautiful post about Rhodos (Rhodes). As usual mine is about Crete.

Ray

Liz said...

I thought it didn't look Scandinavian! It really is a white village, isn't it?

leslie said...

Thanks for the virtual tour! I really enjoyed that and I'm not even pooped from climbing all those hills! lol It does remind me a bit of parts of Sicily. Come see my Lladro - from Spain. :D

John said...

Lovely set of shots!

Jeg var på dagstur til Lindos når jeg var der nede. Så dette ble en liten mimmre post :)

kjpweb said...

While it's an "L" - it's also an "A" for awesome!
Cheers, Klaus

Dulce said...

This must be beautiful. You probably don't know but "lindos" is also a portuguese word. It's the plural of "lindo" witch means "beautiful".
Have a nice week.

babooshka said...

I adore Greec, so for me they bring back many happy holiday memories. Thank you.

Adventure girl wanna be said...

Beautiful post. My daughter was here last summer.

nina said...

Such a pretty place!

D Herrod said...

Beautiful. However I think the tall ships in the header are my stunning.

Bear Naked said...

Thank you for the tour of Rhodes which is on my list of places to visit in my lifetime.
Beautiful photos by the way.

Bear((( )))

MumbaiiteAnu said...

Beautiful virtual tour of Lindos.
I love the photos, and the blue sky. It must be totally free from dust pollution.
Happy ABC Wednesday.

My 'L' for LAUGHTER & 'L' for LIFELINE here

Abraham Lincoln said...

Your photographs of this town and that donkey are really nice ones, Rune.

Gordon said...

Lovely photos Rune. I can see why you leave the cars at the top.

spacedlaw said...

I had a look at your blog's banner, then at your first picture and thought "Weird. That doesn't look much like Norway...".
Great pictures.

Ink and Stone said...

Very nice photos!

Louis la Vache said...

"Louis" enjoyed this tour you gave us! Thank you, Runee!

mrsnesbitt said...

I loved the donkey, so full of greek character! We have never been to Greece..................yet!

Thanks so much,
Dx

photowannabe said...

Loved everyone of your shots of the beautiful city of Lindos. The travelogue really made me want to go there myself.

antigoni said...

I agree. Lindos is a great place. Beautiful post.

Neva said...

It looks like a great place....but I am not so sure about the donkey rides!

Linda - Nickers and Ink said...

Gorgeous photos!

L IS FOR LOVABLE, at THE MANE POINT

PERBS said...

What a neat place to visit! I read a comment that you were celebrating an anniversary -- congratulations!I love that little donkey -- did you ride one? I presume you took a couple of those city shots from an airplane or was it a high hill?

Thanks for sharing!

Lew said...

Beautiful, crisp, clear pictures of a beautiful place! I've never been to Greece, but all of the pictures I have seen of the islands make them an inviting place to visit. Looks like you had a delightful holiday.

Lynette said...

Enticing photos and text for your ABC Wednesday post. Nice job.

evlahos said...

fantastic tribute to Lindos. excellent colors

DeeJay said...

I wish I was there now rather than in damp and dismal UK

nonizamboni said...

I hated to leave your post after such a wonderful trip! And your photos were superb. Paradise with bright blue skies...ahhh.
Many thanks for sharing!

ArneA said...

Why do we not see you on a donkey
That would have been photo of the year I believe.

GAWO said...

Virkelig moro å se Lindos igjen. Den gangen jeg besøkte Rhodos leide vi bil og fartet rundt. Lindos var en stor opplevelse husker jeg.

kml said...

What a beautiful town with all those white houses! Thanks for sharing them!

kouji | haiku said...

that's a fascinating place. all that white. :O

and i like the donkey. s/he looks kind. :)

HildeS said...

Utrolig nydelige bilder fra Lindos..
Vi bodde i Lardos da vi var på Rhodos, det er et kvarter ca fra Lindos.
Heldige du som skal til Kreta på høstferie..