Following on from yesterday's excursion I thought you might like a quick tour around Kos and the Fortress in this series of images. As you will see, there are some spectacular views from the battlements, but there were no guard rails and sheer drops so it is not a place for the faint-hearted! Some information below for those who are interested: (thanks again for all your wonderful comments)
The town of Kos was founded in 366 BC, in the same area where modern Kos nowadays is to be found. It climaxed during the Hellenistic and Roman periods, being a crossroad between civilisations, between East and West, the meeting point for both culture and trade. Its public market was of great fame during the antiquity and still is thriving in our days.
When entering the harbour of Kos town the imposing medieval Castle of Neratzia (the Fortress of the Knights of St. John) is bound to draw your attention. The fortress stands on the peninsula, enclosing the eastern side of the port, a strategic location for the efficient defence of the town. With its imposing sizes, the fortress is one of the finest examples of the architecture of the Knights of Saint John. It is worth noting that traces of Mycenaean settlement have been located in the area of the fortress.
The building of the fortress began in 1436 and was completed in 1514. The prolonged construction period of the fortress is evidenced by numerous blazons carved on its walls. The building material used in its construction came from older edifices, including the ancient city walls, the temple of Asclepius, etc.
This castle is connected to the mainland by a bridge that crosses the Palm Tree Avenue, the same one that connects the Castle to the Platanos, the large plane tree under which Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, used to teach.
All around Kos town you can find signs of the past, reminders of the civilisations that passed through its harbour. Numerous buildings, built in imitation of the Italian architecture of the colonies in N. Africa, most typical being the Country Hall.
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