Lucky enough, when they came to Lardos, they discovered an already built fort from the Byzantine Era, which required minimum reconstruction work, as it was still in outstanding condition.
The castle is located on a hillock about 42 metre high, close to the village of Lardos. Nearby there is a higher hill which probably contributed to the security of the castle. A little while after the Knights moved in, the castle and the entire settlement of Lardos was offered to the Genovese Admiral, Vinioli, a s a reward gift for his successful invasion in the island of Rhodes.
Today, the castle constitutes a memory of the far glorious days when warriors were battling and the place was full of activity. It is certainly a place worth visiting, not only because of its glorious days, but also because amongst the ruins, archeologists have found remnants of the mansions from the Byzantine era.
The first traces of life on the island of Rhodes are lost in the fog of myth. The first inhabitants are said to have been the native Heliades, children of the protective god Helios and Clymene the Oceanid, and the Telchines, a strange kind of people who supposedly resembled demons. These were, according to tradition, skilled sailors and skilled craftsmen who taught the ancient Rhodians how to forge and process stone.
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The most popular of the Dodecanese Islands and one of the most popular of all the Greek islands, Rhodes is a multifaceted place, almost like a small country, with a history that has stirred romantics for centuries. It also has some of the best beaches, archaeological sites, restaurants and nightlife in Greece.
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The streets of Lindos are a maze of continuous buildings, chiefly with interior courtyards. Most of the houses have flat roofs, but some variety of types can be seen among the buildings that have not been affected by time and changes of use and shape. The material used in their construction is either the local quarried limestone (porolithos) or field stones which have been plastered and whitewashed.
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