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Lardos

Ancient Lartos was famous for the stone deriving from its region, namely the grayish marble that the Rhodians used in order to build their statues. It is said that Athena Lindia was also made of Lartian stone. Modern Lardos has retained its traditional character, although thousands of tourists are visiting the area. Half a kilometer outside the village are the ruins of a Byzantine castle that was given by the Knights to the Genoese adventurer Vignolo de Vignoli, as a reward for helping them occupy the island.

Four kilometers east of the village there is the monastery of Ypseni, where 15 nuns live. The katholikon (temple) featuring impressive arches dates back to 1755.

 

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A go-kart track is operating at the beach of Lardos. 

 

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