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ASKLEPION
Situated 4 km west of Kos, Asklepeio is the most significant archaeological site on the island. The excavations here began in 1902, by Iakovos Zaraftis from Kos and Hertsok from Germany. Asklepeio was built in a green area full of cypress trees. During the ancient years, it served as a sanatorium and it was dedicated to Aesculapius, son of Apollo, protector of health and medicine. Many significant people taught and worked here, one of them being the father of Medicine, Hippokrates. Due to the steep ground, Asklepeio consist of four connecting levels, called "andira". The first is characterized by ruins of Roman constructions of the 1st century AD. The second, where the medical school is said to have been housed, is known for its arches and statues. The spas were here and they were watered from the spring of King Halkon and the spring of Vournika on Mount Dikeo. The third level is where the Temple of Aesculapius of Kiparissios Apollo (4th century BC) used to be. Excavations in the surrounding area brought to light an invaluable treasury for visitor's offerings, a semi-circular platform and a small Roman temple dedicated to Neron. The fourth level was constructed in the 2nd century BC and included a large temple of Doric style along with the chambers of the patients.

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APOLLONOS TEMPLE - Ionian rythm temple of Apollonos ASKLEPEIO VIEW - View of the archaeological area of Asklepeio with a group of tourists ASKLEPEIO - The Asclepion outside of Kos town. The Asclepion consisted of a religiuos sanctuary to Asclepius, the god of healing, a healing center, and a school of medicine, where the training followed the teachings of Hippocrates up until 554 AD.

Fountain - This was a fountain in one of the walls of the Asclepion, and the only running water I saw in Greece. Fresh water was a scarce commodity in Greece. ASKLEPEIO - View of the temple ASKLEPEIO - Mosaic

Platani - Asklepion - The second largest (after Rhodes) island of the greek archipelagos Dodekanisos, Kos is recognised as a native land of the legendary founder of classic medicine Hippocrates. He is justly celebrated on Kos; not only does he have a tree, a street, a park, a statue and an international medical institute named after him, but also Asklepion, near the mountain village Platani, a large ancient curative centre and now a major tourist attraction.
It was actually founded just after the death of Hippocrates (460-370 BC), but the methods used and taught here were his. Both a temple to Asklepios (god of medicine, son of Apollo) and a renowned curative centre itself, its magnificent setting on three artificial hillside terraces overlooking Anatolia reflects early recongnition of the importance of the terapeutic environment. APOLLON TEMPLE - The temple of Apollon in Asklepion archaeological area. APOLLONOS TEMPLE - Another view of Apollonas temple

APOLLON TEMPLE - The Apollon Temple is beside the Asklepios altar. ALTAR OF ASKLEPIOS - The altar of Asklepios. ALTAR OF ASKLEPIOS - The altar of Asklepios at the archaeological site of Asklepion.

THE ENTRANCE - The entrance of the archaeological area of Asklepion. ASKLEPION - Asklepiia was named the hospitals of antiquity. The Asklepion of Kos was one of the most important because there was teach Asklipios, the god of medicine.  ASKLEPION - The Asklepiia were set up in areas with especially healthy environment.

ASKLEPION - Visit Asklepion, the temple was build in order to honor the god of medicine. ASKLEPION - The archaeological site of Asklepion is located in the middle of a green hill. ALTAR OF ASKLEPIOS - The altar of Asklepiow and thw temple were build in the 3rd b.c. century.

ANTIQUITIES - The antiquitites from the archaeological site of Asklepion. ASKLEPION - Asklepion is located in the southwestern side of the town, 4 km away grom it.  ASKLEPION - The archaeological area of Asklepion.

APOLLONOS TEMPLE - Asklepion:the ancient sanatorium. ANCIENT MONUMENT - Around the archaeological area of Asklepion you can see many statuaries. APOLLONOS TEMPLE - As mythology said, Asklepios was son of god Apollon.

APOLLONOS TEMPLE - Asklepios was taught the medical art by the Centaur Hiron. APOLLON TEMPLE - The worship of god Apollon kyparissios had preceded from Asklepios worship. 
 ASKLEPIOS TEMPLE - A part of Asklepios temple.

ASKLEPIOS TEMPLE - Tha worship of Asklepios was introduced to the island at the 4th century BC. ARCHAELOGICAL SITE - Asklepeio is the most significant archaeological site on the island. ARCHAELOGICAL SITE - One the statuary which the visitor of the archaeological area can see.

ASKLEPION - With Asklepios begun the history of the medicine art.  INSCRIPTION - At the archaeological site of Asklepion were found many monumental incriptions. ASKLEPION - Asklepion of Kos was the most famous sanatorium to thw ancient world.

SIGN BOARD - The sign - board at the entrance of the archaeological area give useful information to the visitors. THE WALL - The walls of the ancient buildings at Asklepion. ASKLEPION - Asklepion has wonderful view.

ASKLEPION - Another monument to the Asklepion archaeological area. WALL - A part of the wall of the ancient building. ASKLEPION - Around thw archaeological site there are many cypresses.

ARCHITECTURAL MEMBERS - Architectural members of ancient buildings. WALK AROUND - People walk around thw same place which Asklepios and Hippocratis taught the medicine art. PIECE OF ARCHITECTURE - A piece of architecture of Asklepion archaeological area.




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