The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 20: Kos Town

Join Thor and me as we wander the charming harbor town of Kos, where history and natural beauty flourish.

NOTE: Since our recent trip to Greece to research more settings for my novel-in-progress, THE ARIADNE DISCONNECT, Thor and I knew we had to return to this magical region. My first entry in this new blog series posted here on Saturday, 10/20/2018. It gives an overview of our rambles from Athens to seven islands in the Dodecanese and Cyclades groups, ending our ferry-hopping pilgrimage on the anciently sacred island of Delos.

The only “big city” on Kos island was first inhabited in the Early Bronze Age (2300-2000 BC), and became an important trading port during the Minoan and Mycenaean periods (2nd millenium BC), and then later during Archaic and Classical times (7th-5th century BC). The fertile island was rich enough to send 30 ships to the Trojan War. Today it is still famous as the birthplace of Hippocrates (460-377 BC), the “father of modern medicine,” and Thor was eager to visit the Plane Tree of Hippocrates in Kos Town.

As we parked on the outskirts of the town center and started wandering the pleasant, tree-shaded lanes, we realized that the modern town curves around and embraces remnants of all these ancient periods, in addition to early Byzantine, Medieval Knights, Ottoman Turks, and Italian occupations.

We learned that in this realm of “the earth-shaking god” Poseidon, the town suffered many earthquakes over the centuries that would level buildings and spur new reconstructions. The latest major earthquake, in 1933 AD, destroyed the modern city but revealed many of the historic footings. The occupying Italians and later groups have accomplished restorations, but there are many sites awaiting attention. We first explored the ancient Agora (top photo), first built in 366 BC, and at 350 meters long one of the largest in the ancient world….

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The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 20: Kos Town — 5 Comments

  1. Fascinating! One of the many situations wherein I appreciate hardier souls than I visiting and photographing. (I resist the idea of going anywhere hotter or more quake-prone than where I already live.)

    Loved the plane trees especially.

  2. We now have a framed leaf of Hippocrates Plane Tree in my office and a bottle of water from the sacred spring at Delphi.