Best ancient sites to visit in Kos

Chrisa Lepida | Live the World

November 23, 2022

Being one of the most popular islands in the Dodecanese complex, Kos boasts golden beaches, transparent waters and archaeological gems waiting to be discovered. If you are looking for an out-of-the-beaten-track island destination with family activities, ancient and medieval monuments and sites that will leave you breathless, then Kos should be added to your Greek island itinerary. Let's explore ancient sites to visit in Kos.

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It is worth mentioning that Kos is the hometown of Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. It has therefore been inhabited since ancient times and has played a major role throughout history. But what are the best ancient sites to visit while on the spectacular island of Kos? If you are an ancient history aficionado, keep reading to find interesting suggestions that follow. 


Asklepieion is probably the most significant archaeological site in Kos. It was built in the 3rd century and used to be a healing centre dedicated to Asclepius, the god of healing. Later, it also served as a medical school dedicated to Hippocrates, who preached his progressive medical practices on the same island. While there, take in the serene landscape and let your eyes wander through the surrounding forest. 

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Ancient Gymnasium

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The Ancient Gymnasium is a historical complex dating back to the Hellenistic and Roman periods. It encompasses major landmarks, such as the Acropolis, the Hippodrome, the ruins of the temples of Aphrodite and Hercules, and of course, the Nymphaeum, a very elaborate structure dating back to the 3rd century BC. This is the place to be if you are into legends and Greek mythology. 

Ancient Agora

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Continue your trip into history with a stopover at Kos’ Ancient Agora, which is situated near the port. The ruins of the ancient city of Kos can be found within the Ancient Agora. The old city featured a large number of streets, sanctuaries, a stadium, a gymnasium, and further settlements.

Casa Romana

This residence is a stunning example of Roman architecture, and its design is reminiscent of that found in Pompeiian homes. Inside, there are a number of outstanding frescoes as well as several quite excellent atriums.

Ancient Temple of Dionysus

On Vasileos Pavlou Street, which runs south of the port of Kos and goes through the ruins of the ancient Agora, you may find the ruins of the Dionysos Temple. It is located near the Roman House. Marbles of grey and white hues were used in the construction of the temple, which is thought to have been erected sometime in the 2nd century. Travel through time and see what is left of Ancient Greece while surrounded by lush vegetation and breathtaking views at a location with both.

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Archaeological Museum of Kos

In the middle of Kos Town is where you will find the Archaeological Museum of Kos. The findings come from various locations across the island, including the Ancient Agora, the Asklepieion, and others. The antiquities are displayed on two levels of the Archaeological Museum. However, the second level, which houses a large collection of Mycenaean and Geometric-period vessels of Kos, along with many small earthen statuettes, ornaments, and other funeral offerings, is still not open to the public. This level also contains a number of other funeral offerings.

Travel to Kos and uncover interesting facts about the history of the Dodecanese islands

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Find out about the time it was ruled by the Romans, the Ottomans, and the Italians and witness Kos' ancient sites and reminiscents that will travel you back in time. Swim in crystal clear beaches and unravel the secrets of lots of beautiful locations that entice tourists to return to the magnificent island of Kos again and again. Stay tuned for more. 

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