THE ACROPOLIS OF RHODOS ISLAND IN DODECANESE GREECE
The Acropolis of Rhodos is an acropolis dating from the Hellenistic period (3rd-2nd c. BC) 3 kilometers from the centre of Rhodos city. The partially reconstructed part of the site consists of the "Temple of Apollo" (also, as alternatives Athena Polias and Zeus Polieus ) below which is a stadium and a small theatre. It is in a large park, Monte Smith, named for William Sidney Smith (1764-1840). The original excavation was conducted by the Italian School of Archaeology at Athens from 1912-1945.
The Hill of Monte Smith ,Marks the site of the Acropolis of ancient Rhodos.
The Green and beautifully laid out archaeological park contains the Hellenistic stadium,built in the 3rd century BC,Where the Athletic events of the Alioi Games took place.
There were a part of the major festival of the Ancient Rhodians held in honoour of the god Ilios.
Next to the stadium is the small restored marble Theatre .Just as in ancient times ,events
are still staged here today. On the summit of the Acropolis stands the temple of Pythion Apollon ,the patron deity of the city. From here there is a panoramic view of the city of Rhodos and the sea,
the sunsets are breathtaking.
For a romantic evening stroll it's difficult to beat Monte Smith with it's unsurpassed views over Ixia and across the The Turkish coast.Only a short walk from the ancient acropolis of Rhodos, you can also get there by Bus or Taxi from Mandraki harbour of Rhodos .
Monte Smith is named after Sir Sydney Smith, the British Admiral observed the maneuvers of Napoleon's Egyptian fleet from here in 1802