Church of Panagia

Lindos, Greece

Situated on the left of the road heading up to the Acropolis at Lindos, the church of Panagia (Our Lady) is an enchanting sight and an obligatory stop for all visitors. Surrounded by high walls and a small courtyard, this old church was originally built in 1300 but has since been submitted to numerous reconstructions. The most important was ordered by the Grand Master Pierre d’Aubusson (1476 to 1503) of the Knights of Rhodes (Order of St. John) and the most recent is dated in 1927, during the Italian occupation.

Its most prominent external feature is the high-rise, stone built campanile tower, typical of the Rhodian (and Dodecanese) churches. The main building has a cross-shaped plan superimposed by an octagonal dome, whitewashed walls and red byzantine tiles roof.

In the interior the pavement is covered by a superbly executed pebble mosaic (hohlaki), popular in the Rhodian traditional architecture. In the front, there is a richly decorated and spectacularly carved wooden iconostasis² and a Bishop’s throne while large bronze layered candle chandelier are hanging from above. Visitors will be astounded by the quality of the 19th century wall frescoes, depicting biblical scenes. The barrel-vaulted roof and the dome there covered with more impressive frescoes the work of the famous Gregorios of Symi dating back in 1779, depicting icons of Mary, Jesus, and the saints. As the viewers turn to the back of the church and walk out, over the doorway, a huge colorful fresco bursts with the story of The Last Judgment. Pale twisting bodies writhe together in the orange and red flames of hell. A strong message for those who won’t follow the ways of the church.



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Lindos, Greece
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Founded: c. 1300
Category: Religious sites in Greece

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Lavinia Velcea (4 months ago)
Nice place to visit. The ticket is 3 eur, but the place is very small.
ᴛʀᴏᴛᴢɪɢᴇʀ ᴇᴍɪʟ (7 months ago)
Beautiful church with unique, historic style and very friendly staff and priest.
Vassilis Ipsilantis (12 months ago)
One of the most beautiful bisantine monuments on the island. Its a must visit in lindos village. Thousands of tourists are visiting this church because of its holy energy and beauty. Ots ideal to visit in the afternoon when lots of daily cruises are gone and its quiet.
Lyosey (16 months ago)
A really beautiful tall bell is hosted by this Church in the begining of the old town. It's been an iconic symbol of this town since like forever as people seem to love tall old buildings I guess ?. There are some ridiculous rules like not wearing shorts snd stuff which I don't get and I believe a saw a sign of an entry fee which is also ridiculous. During the time of the pandemic, guided tours can't be hosted in this site as stated by the church.
Mirek Zabski (18 months ago)
Greek Orthodox church. A.D 1300 (approx.) with some rebuilds at a later time. The belfry's height over the Lindos gives proper audibility of the bells above the city and surrounding area. Church of Panagia it’s a central place of Lindos. Inside you can see the nice Orthodox iconostasis. Visitor's entry requires a small fee but understand it, please. It’s an Orthodox church. Due to, visitors should gently cover their legs (if anyone has shorts). I visited Church of Panagia located in charming Lindos, in October 2016.
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