According to myth, the cult of Athena Lindia was pre-Hellenic, although this is not borne out by the sporadic excavation finds.The history of the sanctuary begins in the Geometric period (9th c. In the Archaoc period the tyrant of Lindos, Kleoboulos, revived the cult and built a temple, probably on the site of an earlier one.The Archaic temple had the same Doric tetrastyle amphiprostyle plan as the subsequent one.

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The auditorium has19 rows of seats below the diazoma and 7 above it. On the inside columns on all four sides supported a pitched roof and surrounded an open-air courtyard.

The first three rows were also intended for officials, and low walls at their sides separated them from the auditorium staircases. The entrance on the northwest side had a porch (row of columns) which carried an architrave.

The building held 1500-1700 spectators and was intended for religious ceremonies.

At a later period the place was occupied successively by three Christian churches. At Vigli, northeast of the Acropolis, was the Boukopion, a place of sacrifices as the name implies.

After it was burnt down in 342 BC, the present temple was built with the propylaea and the monumental staircase. In the Roman period the priest Aglochartos planted olive trees on the spot, and according to an inscription the Sanctuary of Psithyros was built close to the Temple of Athena (2nd c. Archaeological site of Lindos The archaeological site of Lindos extends outside and around the Acropolis and includes the following monuments: Theatre.

This is on the southwest side of the hill, below the Temple of Athena.The circular orchestra and the auditorium for the spectators were hollowed out of the the side of the hill.The proedries, honorary seats around the orchestra for officials, still survive. There are remains of a four-sided building in the extension of the skene of the Theatre.38 inscriptions on the rocks around identify the place.A naiskos built of small field stones with a temple, pronaos and kind of vestibule contained the votive offerings (clay and bronze figurines chiefly of oxen) to a deity at present unidentified (10th-9th c. The cemeteries of ancient Lindos spread over the surrounding district; the most important two funerary monuments are: "The Tomb of Kleoboulos".This has no connection with the tyrant of Lindos, but was the tomb of a wealthy family.