Ancient Theatre of Lindos

Lindos, Greece

The ancient theatre of Lindos lies at the foot of the west slope of the rock of the Lindos acropolis. It had 19 rows of seats, most of them carved into the rock although somewere built, as were the endmost cunei and the side retaining walls, which  do  not survive. Today only the rock-carved sections are preserved: the circular orchestra, the three central cunei of the lower cavea and parts of the two neighbouring ones, and the central section of the upper cavea.  The orchestra of the theatre is circular, also carved into the rock.

The theatre is dated to the 4th century BCE and had a capacity of 1,800-2,000 spectators. It is connected to the great city festivals in honour of Dionysos, the Sminthia, which included theatrical, musical and athletic competitions, processions and sacrifices. In the 3rd century BCE, directly adjacent to the theatre was built the Tetrastoon, a rectangular building with an internal colonnade, perhaps a sanctuary of Dionysos Smintheus.



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Lindos, Greece
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Founded: 4th century BCE
Category: Religious sites in Greece

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Stephen Rubenstein (11 months ago)
Impressive ruins from the 4th century BC theatre of Lindos set at the base of the Acropolis. It's not accessible and you can only see it though a fence. Still worth seeking out and viewing. Back in the day it seated as much as 1500 people. Note, despite some of the reviews suggesting otherwise, it's not part of the Acropolis and there is no cover charge. There is a small information board with details about the history.
Jarrod Hunt (13 months ago)
It's behind a fence so you can't get close to it, which is a real shame. Would have been mighty impressive back in the day, seating for 2000 people. Very impressive
Paul Hengeveld (13 months ago)
Great site. Amazing views from the acropolis. Ticket price is steep (€11). Come early, because it gets extremely crowded in peak season and the greek summer sun can be merciless. I would recommend getting there at 8am, as the package tourism crowds start arriving from 9am onwards.
D jiricka (14 months ago)
You can see this ancient theatre only behind the fence and it's good,because I know how unrespectful tourists can be. You should imagine how magnificent it was. There is also a board to show you ,how how did it look like. Good stop before climb to acropolis.
Natália Leal (15 months ago)
Old theatre ruins, worth the detour if you are in Lindos, but not much else to see (you can't get too close, it's fenced).
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