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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Jarrod Hunt (2 years ago)
The absolute grumpiest and least customer centric old bat working the money counter. Just wanted to yell at us that is was €3 entry and that we needed to cover our legs... Which we were in the middle of doing when she yelled again "no boy allowed!!!". So we promptly told her where to go and left.
Mr. Chill (2 years ago)
You are not welcome here! Myself and my wife went and were well aware we would have to cover up. We had bearly stepped into the reception area before the middle aged woman there started SHOUTING at us "no shorts! No sharts! No shorts" over and over and over again. She swung her arm aggressively as she shouted at us. Taken aback we still paid the €6 to go in, the woman didn't thank us or speak to us at all, she chose to completely blank us, incredibly rude. We covered our legs with the grotty sweaty cloth grudgingly provided. Please don't waste your money, the church is very small and if you've seen the photos you have seen it. As we left my (very polite) wife said goodbye and the old woman said nothing, no acknowledgement, no response. Be clear, you are not welcome here. Please don't spoil your beautiful day in Lindos by subjecting yourself to this abuse
Dorottya Pál (2 years ago)
It’s a beautiful place in the middle of this small town. I love the whole atmosphere around!
Igor Gerasimchuk (3 years ago)
Impressive, defenetly must visit
Antonios Tarlizos (3 years ago)
Surely the most impressive church of Rhodos. This church is an absolute must to see. There is a small entrance fee, which is highly unusual for a church(!), but there is also connected to this beauty of a church, a museum which is well worth the fee: it has an amazing collection of true gems of liturgical objects, that are a marvel for young and old. Will definitely revisit if visiting Rhodes again.
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