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Asklepieion

Updated: Dec 21, 2023



The Asklepieion of Kos, an ancient healing center dating back to the 3rd century BC, thrived for almost eight centuries. Located 4 km from the city center on a hill dedicated to Apollon, it features excavated ruins from at least the 4th century BC. Key finds include inscriptions, surgical instruments, votive limbs, and coins. Despite omitting artifacts from Hippocrates' time, the site surpassed the Epidaurus counterpart in ancient times. Discovered by German archaeologist Herzog in the early 20th century and excavated by Italian archaeologists Laurenzi and Morricone, it served as a medical and teaching facility with hydrotherapy baths, drinking fountains, thermal water, and an aqueduct.










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