The Rambling Writer’s Greek Islands, 2019, part 6: Kos Town’s Ancient Sites

Join Thor and me as we wander the lanes of Kos Town that wind around Hellenic ruins and a reconstructed Roman Villa.

NOTE: Of course, Thor and I had to make another trip to Greece, as he’s fallen as much in love with the islands as I am. This time I wanted to return to Crete after 37 years, to introduce Thor to “glorious Kriti” and research more settings for my novel-in-progress, THE ARIADNE DISCONNECT. After time-traveling via ruins and museums to explore the mysterious, vanished Minoan culture, we went ferry-hopping to relax on a couple of our favorite islands.

We agree with Lawrence Durrell about Kos, “…the island of Hippocrates, which has never failed to excite the visitor to eulogy. Poet and wayfarer alike have always appreciated Kos for its green abundance and quietness. It lies lapped in a fold of the Turkish mainland, which thrusts out great promontories now, one upon another, with spectacular fjords laid up between. Kos, the most sheltered of the Dodecanese islands and deservedly the most praised. It would be downright dishonest to raise a dissenting voice against merits so self-evident in these green and smiling valleys, rich with fruit and flowers.” (from The Greek Islands)

In an earlier post, we arrived via ferry on Kos, admiring the harbor with its medieval castle and fortress guarding the port. Unfortunately, we could not walk on the battlements, due to recent earthquake damage in this land of the earth-shaker god Poseidon.

Kos is a lovely town to wander, with its mix of ancient, medieval, and modern buildings. An earthquake in 1933 caused considerable damage but revealed extensive ruins of Hellenic Greek and later Roman temples, gymnasium, theater, and homes. The present-day lanes wind among the ancient sites in various stages of excavation and restoration, and it feels as if you can slip easily through time portals. Thor and I headed from the harbor to visit and revisit a few of the sites. (We had seen some on our visit a year earlier.) As always, we were welcomed by friendly Greek cats.

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The Rambling Writer’s Greek Islands, 2019, part 6: Kos Town’s Ancient Sites — 6 Comments

  1. Kos town is so full of ancient sites among the current buildings that it reminds me of Rome, only more intimate.

    • Yes, it’s all so small-scale and immediate! Around every corner, it seems, there are ancient ruins popping up between the modern lanes.

    • Hi, Leslie, and thanks for the comment. Yes, it was sad to see so much new damage, in addition to everything the island has suffered over hundreds of years. Such a beautiful place! When were you there? Were you working there?