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Renowned since antiquity
It constitutes one of the most famous Asklepieion of antiquity, one of Greece’s longest-surviving archeological sites and the most significant archeological monument on Kos island. In ancient times, it was a place of worship of the god Asclepius as well as a place of healing and teaching of medicine. Here is where Hippocrates, one of the most important figures of medicine in antiquity and father of modern medicine, founded his school and taught medicine.
The Asklepieion of Kos, whose surviving ruins date back to the Hellenistic period, after the 4th century BC, was built on the slopes of a hill with lush vegetation and impressive sea views. It was constructed on three "andera" - terraces. On the second terrace, there are remains of a large altar, the oldest structure from the Asklepieion from the mid. of the 4th century BC, which was decorated with sculptures by Praxiteles' sons. To the west of the altar, there is an older temple of Asclepius (3rd century BC) of Ionic order, next to the temple the priests' quarters, while to the east of the altar there is a small temple dedicated to Apollo (2nd century AD) with seven restored Corinthian columns.
The centre of the third terrace is dominated by the large Doric temple of Asclepius (1st half of 2nd century BC), in the vestibule of which a church dedicated to "Our lady of the Grove" was built, during the mid-Byzantine period. The excavations uncovered remarkable findings such as statues, surgical instruments and inscriptions.
The discovery of Asklepieion was made in 1902 by the German archeologist Rudolf Herzog and the local historian Iakovos Zarraftis, who calculated and indicated the correct location of the sanctuary. Excavations were continued by Luciano Laurenzi (1930) and Luigi Morricone (1937-38), as were restoration and rehabilitation works. Several objects coming from the excavations were smuggled to Rome and Istanbul.