Rhodes Dodecanese Guide Page 11

Haraki is the port of Malona (inland), with the remains of Feraklos castle (a Byzantine castle) overlooking it. Later a Knights' castle, it was their last to fall to the Ottomans.

Aghia Agathi (St. Purity), was once a fairly secluded nearby beach (with encroachments in recent years) reachable only by a dirt road outside of the village. Ask around.

the town and the acropolisLindos (left) is yet another enchanting place swallowed up by tourism, and is Rhodes second most visited place, with up to a half million visitors annually. Although protected to an extent (no high-rises can be built there) the fine old 15th to 17th century houses (some of them built by sea captains) have been bought up by both package companies and wealthy foreigners since the 1960s (when it was an artist-expatriate colony). The town sits on a promontory high up over the sea, its white houses resembling those of the Cyclades more than of Rhodes. The winding streets are cobbled and the mansions, built around courtyards with the famous hoklaki (pebbled mosaics) have high walls and impressive doorways with intricate stonework. Inside they were built with high ceilings and raised sleeping platforms. The roofs, like those of Cycladic houses, are flat (and used to look out at the views or for sunbathing these days), as many of them are now second homes or restaurants. The town is known for its painted plates with Oriental motifs. There are 18th century frescoes in the Church of the Assumption, first built in the 10th century and later rebuilt by the Grand Master of d'Aubusson in 1489-90. The frescoes were painted by Gregory of Symi in the late 18th century and restored in 1927.

First inhabited around 2000 BC, its first temple was built in 1510 on its steep acropolis (which means edge/peak of the city). It was the most important of three ancient city-states of Rhodes, with the best harbors on the island (two of them) and became rich from its colonies, especially Parthenope (now Naples). The ancient town of Lindos was four times the size of the modern one and had a population of 16,000. Its 6th century BC tyrant Cleoboulos was one of the Seven Sages of Greece., a man of enlightened ideas, including the intellectual equality of women. St. Paul sailed to Lindos, bringing Christianity with him; the Knights fortified it, and during Ottoman rule the merchants of the town handled most of the trade of the island, sailing as far as present-day Spain. The tradition of boat-building continued into the 19th century.

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