Kos Tourist Attractions
Kos is the chief town on the island of Kos. Rebuilt after an earthquake in 1933, it lies in a deep bay, now silted up, on the northeast coast at the east end of the plain which extends along the north coast - the only plain of any size on the island. On the east side of the sheltered harbor stands the Castle of the Knights (1450-80), with pieces of ancient sculpture and inscribed stones built into its walls.
Knights' Castle (Neratzia Castle)
The Knights' Castle is an impressive medieval building built C. 1450 -1478 by the knights of St. John on the ruins of the ancient wall.The Castle houses a small collection of Classical sculptures as well as inscriptions of the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and early Christian period.
Opening hours: 8:30am-3pm; Closed: Mon
Always opened on: Assumption Day - Christian (Aug 15), Óhi Day - Greece & Cyprus (Oct 28)
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Greek National Day (Mar 25), May Day / Labor Day (May 1), Day after Christmas, St Stephen's Day, Boxing Day (Dec 26), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Easter - Christian, Good Friday - Christian
Entrance fee: Adult Admission Cost, Concession or reduced rate Discount, Students from EU Free, Child 18 & under Free
Useful tips: Admission is free on Sundays from November to March.
Hippokrates' Plane-Tree and the Archeological Museum
On the south side of the Castle of the Knights on the island of Kos is Hippokrates' Plane-Tree, under which Hippokrates is traditionally believed to have taught his disciples. In fact, however, the mighty tree, with a girth of 12m/40ft, is only some 500 years old. To the south of the tree is the ancient Agora, on the west side of which are the charming Defterdar Mosque (18th C.), with Hellenistic and Byzantine columns, and the Archeological Museum, which, among much else, displays the most recent finds from the Asklepieion.
Southwest of the harbor on the island of Kos are the remains of Hellenistic and Roman baths. To the south and southwest of the town are remains of a temple of Dionysos, the Gymnasion and Stadion (Hellenistic), the Roman Odeion, the Hellenistic and Roman Theater and a reconstructed Roman villa of the A.D. third century, the Casa Romana, with fine mosaics.
The Ippokratia Festival is held in Kos every August. There are theatrical performances, evening concerts, a flower show, folk art, and a presentation of the Hippocratic Oath.
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