Top 10 attractions in Kos
Kos is famous for its unrivaled natural beauty and for the great culture. Apart from diving in the blue waters, do not miss the opportunity to visit the important sights. Below are the top 10 to make your choice ...
Asklepion of Kos
The Asklepieia, the temples of Asclepius was not only God's places of worship and places where medical science is applied. Kos Asklepieion where Hippocrates taught medicine. It is divided into 3 levels and you can admire temples from the 4th BC century. From 242 BC onwards the Asklepios reputation became internationally known as more and more people came to the island to find an antidote to the disease. In 1928, while Kos was under Italian occupation Italian archaeologists excavated the site and restored the monument, giving it the form it has today.
Ancient Agora of Kos
After the creation of the ancient city of Kos in 366 BC and recognition as the administrative center, the area had a great reconstruction. The ancient market consisted of three main gates, East, West and North, which met in the middle in a large inner courtyard. The North Gate joined the market with the city walls, while the other two had various outlets serving the daily needs of Koon. The ancient market place is kept open to the public and the access is very easy, a few minute walk from the new port.
Plane tree of Hippocrates
Almost next to the ancient market of Kos, very close to the Nerantzia castle there is the huge plane tree of Hippocrates. This tree is said that planted by Hippocrates himself, and in its shadow he taught his disciples. Hippocrates was known throughout the ancient world and outside the borders of Greece, when saved Athens from a cholera epidemic. Although it's been 2400 years the tree continues to start new branches and green leaves.
Roman Odeon of Kos
The conservatory, which was built between the 1st and 2nd century AD was used to conduct musical contests, as well as the seat of the Senate. The Conservatory had a capacity of 750 people, the seats were made from marble and separated by a corridor into two tiers . The scene was not the usual semi-circular stage with two inputs but had shaped pentagon with three entrances. Today, the Roman Odeon has been restored and hosts various cultural events.
Roman House Kos
One of the most famous attractions of the island is the Casa Romana, namely the restored Roman house. Chronologically, the house dates back to the Hellenistic period, while the life of the various repairs and refurbishing lasted at least until the 3rd century AD The Casa Romana discovered by Italian archaeologist Laurenzi in 1933. The complete renovation of the house was completed in 1940. Probably the house belonged to a nobleman Koo as the findings of the house is quite rich.
Castle Neratzia or else the Knights Castle built by the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem in the ruins of an ancient city. Castle Neratzia named because of the many bitter oranges that were in the yard. The castle has a star shape and the entrance stands the coat of arms of the Grand Master. Bridge Castle connects with the city and the plane tree of Hippocrates.
Hippocratic Museum & International Hippocratic Foundation
The museum is situated before the Asklepieion and is dedicated to the father of medicine, Hippocrates. You can watch a brief review of the life and work of famous Greek project. There are rare editions of his work, busts, currencies, and many projects mentioned in Neoippokratia medical science.
The Castle of the Knights
The Castle Of Knights with the other fortresses of the island was the Ottoman era protective and defensive mechanism against the Ottomans. It is very impressive and is connected with Platanos Square with a big bridge.
Kos is famous for keeping traditions and has always been an island with rich customs. Folklore material with handmade embroideries and textiles can be found in folklore museums and traditions and Kefalos.
Located in the city center, the Liberty Square. You can admire a series of exhibitions dedicated to Archaic, Hellenistic and Roman times including sculptures, ceramics and mosaics.