Kos Town is a mixture of Venetian and Ottoman architecture with interesting sights to see, such as a Medieval Castle, an Ancient Agora, a Roman Odeon and the famous Asklepieion - an ancient healing centre a short distance from the Town. For two great cultures in one holiday, put Kos Town on your to-do list.
The endless coasts with the turquoise waters, the vegetation, the affluent water springs, the ancient and medieval monuments, as well as the impressive Italian buildings feature Kos island; the third largest island of Dodecanese complex, located just 4 miles away from the Turkish coasts. The name «Kos» probably derives from the daughter of the mythical King Meropas, called Koos. Kos is the birthplace of Hippocrates «the father of medicine» (460-377 B.C) and was already inhabited during Neolithic Period (5th - 4th millennium B.C). The Knights of St. John conquered the island during the 14th century, reinforcing the older castles and building new fortifications. During Turkish occupation, the island was attacked by several intruders (Knights, Venetians etc), while during Italian occupation (1912-1945) some really important, monumental public buildings were constructed. The island was officially united with Greece in 1948. It extends over a surface of 290 km2; its coastline is 112 km and counts 31,000 inhabitants.
Places to visit in Kos
Old Town and Tree of Hippocrates
Castle of the Knights
Hacı Hasan Mosque
Turkish bath “Osmanlı Hamami”
Agia Ionnasis Monastery