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Discover the long illustrious history of the island of Kos by exploring their historical ruins and visiting the island’s museums. The island has been continually inhabited since approximately 2,300 BC. Shedding light on the island’s ancient civilisations, the majority of the ruins are well preserved so visitors to the sites can visualise for themselves how the ancient buildings may have looked.
Perhaps the most famous of all the ruins on the island is the Asklepion of Kos. The ancient healing temple which was dedicated to the god of health Asklepius, was built in the 4th century BC and is believed to be the first ever hospital in the world. Located on the north east of the island, just over a half an hour from both of Mark Warner’s resorts in Kos, a trip to the Asklepion temple is well worth the short drive.
For those interested in medicine and its history, the Hippocrates Cultural Centre is dedicated to the ancient Greek physician of Hippocrates, the founder of modern medicine. Displaying the history of Hippocrates, the centre is dedicated to spreading the knowledge of Hippocrates as well as increasing awareness of the ancient physician and his teaching.
Fast forward a few centuries and you will find the Casa Romana. Dating back to the Roman Imperial years, the house has had a number of restorations and reconstructions over the years to preserve the it. The large house has a total of 36 rooms and is characterised by its grand, opulent décor. The mosaic flooring is particularly impressive, depicting animals and under water scenes, the original design dates back to the 3rd century AD.
Keeping with the Roman theme another area of interest on the island for those interested in Roman history is the Roman Odeon of Kos. Built between the first and second centuries, the Odeon, which means cinema in Greek, was built for musical performances, shows and poetry readings. Discovered and excavated in 1929, the Odeon now hosts cultural events on the island.
In terms of museums, Kos’s rich history means that there are a number of museums displaying historical artefacts and pieces of cultural relevance. The Archaeological museum of Kos sheds light on the various finds which were discovered around the island from archaeological digs throughout the previous century. Artefacts from the Casa Romana can also be found in the impressive collection.
With good transport links to the rest of the island, the handy location of Mark Warner’s resorts in Kos, Lakitira Beach Resort and Helona Beach Resort, means that none of these historical ruins or museums are far to get to with the longest journey taking just over half an hour. Perfect for the whole family, a day trip to the ruins is both informative and fun.
Hippocrates Garden and Cultural Center is fully dedicated to the life and work of the founder of modern medicine, Hippocrates. Designed in the style of an Ancient Greek house and its surroundings, the center is a great way to immerse yourself in the Ancient Greek’s way of life as well as learn about an important figure in Greek history. Read more here.
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