The Temple of Pythian Apollo in Rhodes - Ο Ναός του Πυθίου Απόλλωνα στη Ρόδο

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    Positioned on the western edge of the city, on the top of the hill of Agios Stefanos, the Acropolis of Rhodes and its imposing Temple of Apollo, dominates the views. Unlike most of the ancient acropoleis it was not fortified. It consisted of a monumental zone with Sanctuaries, large temples, public buildings and underground cult places.
    The ruins that include sanctuaries, public buildings, temples and underground places of cult, are dated to the Hellenistic and Late Hellenistic periods (300 – 200 BC). Built on stepped terraces and supported by strong retaining walls, the Acropolis was “full of fields and groves” in the words of Ailios Aristides, a 2nd c. AD orator.
    The first excavations on the site were carried out by the Italian Archaeological School during the years of the Italian occupation of the island (1912-1945).
    After the end of the WW II the Greek Archaeological Service started restoration works on the ruins that had suffered considerable damage from the bombing and from the weight of the artillery that had been installed there. From 1946 onwards Greek Archaeologists are conducting a series of excavations, bringing into light important findings regarding the site’s history and topography. During the 60’s and 70’s more reconstruction work was carried out to the west foundation of the Temple of Pythian Apollo. In 1996 further reconstruction was added on the Temple and the Nymphaeums. There is still an on going excavation in the Acropolis archaeological park, a protected area that covers an area of 12,500 m². As the archaeologists say, the current findings represent only a fragment of the glorious past of the ancient city of Rhodes.
    The Temple of Pythian Apollo stands on the southern part of the hill, on the west side of a large rectangular terrace. It is orientated E-W. It was a poros peripteral temple, but smaller than that of Athena and Zeus. Part of the NE side had been restored with four columns and part of the architrave.

    1. Dimitil 56 months ago | reply

      Ένας παλιός κανόνας λέει: όσο πιό λίγο μαύρο έχει μιά νυχτερινή φωτογραφία τόσο πιό επιτυχημένη θεωρείται"
      Ήθελε λίγο πιό νωρίς στην περίφημη "blue hour" ώστε οι εξαιρετικές υφές και λεπτομέρειες της πέτρας να φονταριστούν ιδανικά με τις μπλέ αποχρώσεις του ουρανού!

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