Take on a journey to the rich history of Kos through the important sights of the island’s town. Full of the aromas and flavours of the thousands stories narrated by the civilizations that have left their marks there, the island of Hippocrates’ capital enchants visitors by a constant alternation of eras and cultures. Let’s discover the most important sights in Kos town!

Nerantzia’s Castle

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It was built by the Knights of the Order of St. John in the early 15th century with materials from ancient buildings. Along with the St. Peter Knights Castle, it controlled the narrow sea passage between ancient Bodrum and Kos.

Knightly Residence of Governor Francesco Sans

Built in 1514 by the Governor of Kos, Fransesco Sans, it is the only saved secular building from the chivalrous period in Kos. It is located in Akti Miaouli.

Hippocrates Plane Tree

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Visit the centenarian plane tree, in the shade of which, according to tradition, Hippocrates used to teach his students.

Mosque of Gazi Hasan Pasha of Loggia

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It was built by Gazi Hassan Pasha of Loggia in 1786. Part of its construction was made by material taken from the ruins of the ancient city. Meanwhile, its fountain lies in the shade of Hippocrates’ Plane Tree.

Ancient Market

One of the greatest archaeological sites, with buildings dating from the Hellenistic to Medieval times.

Altar of Dionysus

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A Doric temple and an Hellenistic altar dedicated to Dionysus.

Roman House (Casa Romana)

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A large restored villa of the 3rd century AD, decorated with mosaics and frescoes, showing the luxury of the Roman Kos.

Roman Odeon

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Musical events and competitions were held there, during the Roman period, in honor of Asclepius.

West Archaeological area of Kos town

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Here you will find important buildings such as the luxurious Roman villa with the famous mosaic “The Rape of Europa”, the baths, the Gymnasium’s Stoa, the Nymphaion and two early Christian basilicas.