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Acropolis of Rhodes

The ancient Hellenic acropolis of Rhodes sits high on a hill in the western part of the city, and once consisted of a monumental zone full of sanctuaries, large temples, public buildings and underground vaults. The buildings were set on stepped terraces interspersed with gardens. The remains of the buildings on the Acropolis date back to the 2nd century BC, but all has not yet been excavated at the site. The Stadium, however, has been fully excavated and restored. Also still to be seen are the ruins of the Temple of Athena Polias on the northern edge of the site, the Nymphaia, which is made up of four cave-like constructions cut into the rock - once used for recreation and worship - a small restored marble Odeon thought to have been used for musical events or lectures, the Temple of Pythian Apollo, and the remains of the Gymnasium. Although some visitors may be disappointed that there isn't more to see, the acropolis is hugely atmospheric and there is enough to capture the imagination. It is worth making the walk up just for the sensational views from the top; if you are a keen photographer then the ruins and ocean views make for amazing photo opportunities. Concerts are sometimes held in the ancient sports arena.

Opening times: The open-air site is permanently open.

Admission: Free