Top Choice Archaeological Site in Around Kos


The island’s most important ancient site stands on a pine-covered hill 3km southwest of Kos Town, commanding lovely views across town towards Turkey. A religious sanctuary devoted to Asclepius, the god of healing, i…
Castle in Kos Town

Castle of the Knights

Kos’s magnificent 15th-century castle was constructed not on a hilltop, but right beside the entrance to the harbour. Access it by the bridge from Plateia Platanou, crossing what was once a seawater-filled moat but …
Archaeological Site in Kos Town

Ancient Agora

Exposed by a devastating earthquake in 1933, Kos’s ancient centre, the agora, occupies a vast area south of the castle. Back in the 4th century BC, this was the first town ever laid out in blocks, and you can still …
Museum in Kos Town

Archaeological Museum

Housed in an Italian-era building in the central square, the small archaeological museum is currently closed for restoration. When it reopens, expect to see sculptures from the Hellenistic to late Roman eras, with a…
Archaeological Site in Kos Town

Western Excavation SIte

This open site, south of the centre, holds fascinating ancient ruins uncovered by the 1933 earthquake. Its real treasures are the mosaics of the House of Europa, dating from the 2nd century AD and protected by rudim…
Historic Site in Kos Town

Hippocrates Plane Tree

North of the ancient agora is the lovely cobblestone Plateia Platanou, where you can pay your respects to the Hippocrates Plane Tree, under which Hippocrates is said to have taught his pupils. Plane trees don't usua…
Archaeological Site in Kos Town

Shrine of Aphrodite

On the south side of the Castle of the Knights are the ruins of a Shrine of Aphrodite, the Temple of Hercules and a 5th-century Christian basilica.
Mosque in Kos Town

Mosque of Gazi Hassan Pasha

Eighteenth-century mosque, with a long covered gallery running along its northern side.
Church in Kos Town

Christian Basilica

Archaeological Site in Kos Town

Decumanus Maximus

The original main street of the Roman town.