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Asklepion, Kos

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Explore the ruins of Kos Island's millennia-old Asklepion. In ancient Greece, an asklepion was a sacred healing temple where medicine was systematized and many were taught the art of healing. Of the approximately 300 asclepions, Kos Island's was one of the largest and best known. Explore the remains of this remarkable structure, dating to around 400 BC. See the medical school, temples, and thermal baths. Make sure to visit the highest terrace of the complex for views of much of the island's eastern side. Head to the small on-site museum to learn more about the practice of medicine in ancient Greece. Put Asklepion into our Kos Town trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Kos Town.
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  • August 17, 2017
    We visited the Asklepion as a part of a Thomson trip so our guide gave us headsets and talked about the different stages of the three tiers being built and the later Roman addition of the baths. The s...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    If you are not a fan of history, save € 8 and don't go there. Just behind it. But if you enjoy history, it's a beautiful place and worth seeing. You don't have to ride the train, from the center of the port there, bus number 3-ca € 2.50 return ticket.
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  • August 16, 2017
    First of all about the parking. We didn't really saw the parking places. If you come by yourself there's a little road sign that tells you were the parking is. The spot is only in greek. So first watc...  more »
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  • June 26, 2017
    I like wandering through old ruins but my patience is running a little thin with places that charge a lot and offer little in return. Best thing about this place was the view but you could see better, and we did, by driving along the coast road. 10 euro for 2 would have been too much, the one interesting building was sealed off for good safety reasons and all the information to be had was on 3 or maybe 4 information points which made for very dense and unengaging reading. IMHO these sort of places should include an engaging and informative app as part of the admission price. If you come on a push bike (we didn't) it's a hard ride and really not worth the effort. Toilets were clean.
  • July 5, 2017
    Great place to see first hand how medicine started. Hint: if you don't want to climb more than 100 steps to get to the highest level, which offers a great view and worths the effort, than you can walk a gentle path around that takes you in the same place. The alley is on the left side of the steps.
  • May 29, 2017
    An amazing place, well maintained and the information available is informative. When we visited a few weeks ago, the cost of 8€ was very reasonable. It gives you great insight into an era of Greece history.
  • June 14, 2017
    A fabulous place to visit as a medical student. We imagined the ages of healing and medicine practiced before the stones became ruins.
  • June 21, 2017
    Impressive place. Unfortunately, there are only a few information signs. Entrance fee is 8 €.

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