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Ialysos Archaeological Site
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The ancient town of Ialysos is situated at the northeastern tip of Rhodes, a few miles south of the capital. This position presents a great historical continuity in time as the human presence is felt in different chronological periods.

 

History

In the fertile plain of Ialysos was developed during the Middle Bronze Age (2000-1600 BC) Minoan settlement that gradually evolved into a thriving city. After the devastating earthquake of 1400 BC, cultural physiognomy becomes Mycenaean. This transformation is reflected in the discovery of a large cemetery of chamber tombs from the Mycenaean era.

In classical times, the ancient town of Ialysos was founded in the foothills of Filerimos hill. In the third century BC was built within the acropolis, the  temple of Athena Polias, on the basis of an older temple. At this time period , the 3 major cities of Rhodes (Ialysos, Lindos and Kamiros) follow common prosperous path.

The human presence in the area is documented again in the 5th century AD. In this period a basilica church with a dome is based over the ruins of an ancient temple while 5 centuries later a single-room church with a dome is added . During the Frankish, Ialysos was converted to a medieval city.

Archaeological investigations began in the early 20th century by the Italian Archaeological School. The excavations uncovered the temple of Athena Polias.

Monuments

The most significant monument of the ancient site of Ialysos is the temple of Athena Polias. This temple has a Doric portico with columns in both the front and the rear. Inside the temple stands still the base of the statue of Athena and the remnants of the internal colonnade. In the floor area has been found pottery of previous centuries that testifies the presence of a pre-existing temple in the same area dating probably back to the classical period.

In the archaeological site was discovered a doric Fountain which brought water through two tunnels from the top of Mount Filerimos to the city. The water ended in an open tank clogged by 6 piers.

Finally, both the Byzantine period and the Frankish were reflected in the region through  imposing monuments. Among them are early christian churches, remnants of fortifications and Byzantine church of the Knights season.

 

Information

Ialysos Archaeological Site, 85 101 Ialysos, contact number: (+30) 22410 25550

 

of the Knights season. Information Ialysos Archaeological Site, 85 101 Ialysos, contact number: (+30) 22410 25550