Kos Town Historic Sites

Historic Sites in Kos Town, Greece

Kos Town Historic Sites

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  • Sue T
    Castleford, UK172 contributions
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    Wonderful restored Roman house which gives you a real feel for how people lived. The Casa is extensive with lots of different rooms, a beautiful courtyard, lots of exhibits and even an upstairs floor. There are very readable information panels, in Greek and English - aren’t we lucky? It really is not to be missed.
    As I paid to get in I was asked where we were from and said the UK. Guy on the cash desk contradicted me and said Ireland. I was then charged €3 each which is the EU rate, not €6 which is UK post Brexit. So there’s a tip I wish I’d known when I paid €6 to get into Kos Archaeological Museum, also well worth a visit.
    Written 7 November 2023
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  • LondonSouthLondon
    South Wales, UK98 contributions
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    Graet to wander around and great for me. A well preserved roman street, original mosaics, wall paintngs, marble and archways all very absorbing and free.
    For the kids a bit more on site information would have been good to bring things to life a bit more.
    Written 16 August 2023
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  • saronic
    Zurich, Switzerland26 281 contributions
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    There are two mosques in the old town of Kos: the Defterdar Mosque at Eleftherias Square and the Loggia Mosque at the small Platanos Square, where the tree of Hippocrates stands. Both mosques are now closed and not in use anymore, but still attractive to look at from the outside. Only the Loggia Mosque still has its minaret (the one of the Deftredar Mosque fell down during the earthquake July 2017).

    The Loggia Mosque doesn't have a dome, as was usual during Ottoman times, but a hipped roof covered with red tiles, which doesn't make it look like an Islamic prayer house. There is an arcade on the north side of the ground floor, which is the reason that the building is now called 'Loggia Mosque'. (Tzami tis Lotzias' in Greek). Above it are two floors, each with different types of windows, the higher ones being arched. The whole construction has beauiful masonry.

    The real name of the mosque is 'Ghazi Hassan Pasha Mosque' in honour of the man, who gave the orders for its construction - according to an inscription in 1786. Hassan Pasha was an interesting person, a Georgian slave, who rose through the ranks in the Ottoman army, becoming 'Kapudan Pasha', thus 'Commander of the Navy' and at the same time the governor of the 'Vilayet Cezayir' (Province of the White Sea), which included all the islands in the Eastern Aegean, thus also Kos. Because of his achievements in the Russo-Turkish War he was given the title of honour 'Ghazi', reserved for military leaders, who distinguished themselves in wars against non-Muslims.
    Written 30 November 2018
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  • Eileen108
    Mount Shasta, CA4 316 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting to step inside and explore all the different rooms of the ancient bath house! The restoration is amazing, great work! There are informational boards explaining the history, which is enlightening. Definitely I would recommend stepping inside, it hardly takes half an hour to see everything. (I had six hours to explore Kos while waiting for a ferry to Nisyros, where we stayed for one week in September 2019.)
    Written 15 August 2020
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  • Manuela L
    Luxembourg City, Luxembourg7 086 contributions
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    It was the Hellinistik and the Roman period and had a center of commerce near the port; At this time the Ancient Agora was built and had shops and a large market and places; also Roman Temples were constructed and very nice Roman Villas; a very nice Roman Villa offers a museum, (Casa Romana) ; Later on at Christian and Byzantine times were constructed churches; Kos was and is a wonderful place, so it changed hands many times;
    The Ancient Agora is a must to visit.
    Written 13 November 2020
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  • David D
    Devon, UK20 589 contributions
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    This impressive building dominates along one side of Eleftherias Square in the centre of Kos Town.

    It's mighty clock tower, has a balcony below it and it was from here, on the 7th May 1948, the return of the Dodecanese islands to Greece was announced. There is plaque underneath the balcony to commemorate this historic event.

    Originally the Casa del Fascio (Beam House), built as the local office of the Italian National Fascist Party and a propaganda cinema.

    It is now a cafe/restaurant, Aegli, a great place to sit to enjoy a drink with some food, relax and watch the world go by.

    Sadly this was one of the many buildings affected by the earthquake, which hit the region on the 21st July 2017, with magnitude of 6.7. As result part of the building was damaged and remains closed up.

    It still remains to be a grand building and contributes to making the Square an enjoyable place to visit.
    Written 3 October 2020
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  • David D
    Devon, UK20 589 contributions
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    Another historic building along Akti Miaouli in the harbour front area in Kos Town. It is located by the Police Station, Palazzo del Governo.

    The house was built in 1514 and is joined to the perimeter wall of the Town.

    The house is known as the Hospitaller House of Commander Francesco Sans, who was the Knight Hospitaller commander of the island.

    The house is not open to the public so can only be viewed from the pavement outside, not really a lot to see. There is a plaque mounted on the stone wall to inform was the building is. The brown wooden door is an interesting feature.

    Written 6 October 2020
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