Hippocrates Tree
Hippocrates Tree
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  • Jesshs18
    Birmingham, United Kingdom288 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A ‘must do’ when in Kos
    You have to visit this when in Kos but it’s not entirely impressive. I’m sure the council/government could invest more. The scaffolding structure holding the tree up is a shame. I understand that it is needed but it could be more sympathetically done. Lovely little lanes and squares nearby though.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 13, 2023
  • LilBird80
    Kings Langley, United Kingdom71 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The tree needs a little more loving
    It’s an interesting little square, with a cafe, a few stalls around it & an old mosque (boarded up because of damage & safety). The tree itself is not the original tree, as that would mean the tree was planted somewhere around 460BC & survived numerous earthquakes, battles & surrounding renovations - which is unlikely to say the least. That said, it is a nice tree, being semi cared for by the fencing & structure around it. It could do with a bit more watering & a litter pick, but if you like this sort of thing (historical, stories, mythology or Greek culture etc) I’m sure you’ll like it. If not, perhaps head up the ally’s to bars, restaurants, harbour or shopping area 😊
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 28, 2023
  • Izabela W
    Nottingham, United Kingdom238 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hipocrates tree
    It is lovely to see also Hipocrates statue in a little park, and have stroll around Old Kos Town and ancient sites, and castle. Usually there is someone playing instrument or painting. You can sit at the bench and reflect on moment. It's hard to do good photo as tree is fenced to prevent further damage.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 13, 2023
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PeteWaddington
Devon, UK76 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
I dont like being negative with my reviews but this has to be the most pants so-called historic exhibit I have ever had the misfortune to pay a taxi to see. Legend has it, yes legend, not reality, the Hipocrates taught his students medicine under this tree.
Hipocrates, if he ever existed, would be a little over 2500 years old now and as such, any tree would have long since been chopped up for firewood.
Having researched further, the tree you see now might, yes might be a distant relative of the original. I might be a distant relative of Za Za Gabor - get my drift?
Give the tree a miss and hit the restaurants instead. Beer and mousaka are the way forward 😃
Written August 9, 2020
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connierideout16
Aurora, Canada519 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Wonderful monument showing Hippocrates with his students/disciples. I loved the detail, the expressions and that part of the Hippocratic oath is written in Greek and English on the monument. Be sure to get all all the way around it and you will see a serpent at the back.

Easy to find and facing the waterfront.
Written August 26, 2020
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David D
Devon, UK25,363 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
Monday 28th September and we were sightseeing and exploring in Kos Town and it's Old Town where this attraction is located on Akti Kountouriotou.

According to folklore and legend it is here where Hippocrates, considered the father of medicine, taught his students.

The tree that is currently here, is not the original tree, it is reckoned that this tree is only about 500 years old. However it might be a descendant of the ancient original tree.

The tree is not really in the best of shape, with parts hollowed out over the passage of time. Also, some branches are supported by scaffolding.

The legend and the story told about the tree makes it special however it's appearance is nothing special. Would not rush to see it.
Written November 8, 2020
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KandD
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We never heard of this tree until we stumbled across it by accident. We read all about its history and found the story very interesting as we didn’t know much about Greek history. We would definitely recommend a visit as there are beautiful ancient ruins just around the corner too.
Written August 30, 2021
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FedoraOnTour
Sidcup, UK205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
You cannot visit Koss town without taking in the sights. This is a very very old tree which is now supported by a very large metal frame. It is reputed that the great man himself taught and healed underneath it. It is situated in the older part of Koss and you will not need to spend more than ten to fifteen minutes here but there is more to see in this part of Koss so do not miss it out.
Written September 28, 2022
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Melina H
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
Simply amazing! Fully inspired me to study medicine since I felt transported back in time to when Hippocrates was teaching. Don't listen to the haters calling this tree ugly. You wouldn't look any better if you were 3,000 years old, so just appreciate the history.
Written July 29, 2022
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LilBird80
Kings Langley, UK71 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
It’s an interesting little square, with a cafe, a few stalls around it & an old mosque (boarded up because of damage & safety).

The tree itself is not the original tree, as that would mean the tree was planted somewhere around 460BC & survived numerous earthquakes, battles & surrounding renovations - which is unlikely to say the least.

That said, it is a nice tree, being semi cared for by the fencing & structure around it. It could do with a bit more watering & a litter pick, but if you like this sort of thing (historical, stories, mythology or Greek culture etc) I’m sure you’ll like it.

If not, perhaps head up the ally’s to bars, restaurants, harbour or shopping area 😊
Written September 28, 2023
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GRZ
Chicago, IL11,200 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
It's not a magical place for certain, I expected honestly something more "sacred and spiritual" but truth be told it did feel special to visit Kos in the first place because of Hippocrates and to stop here did add more sentimental value to this trip as well. In order to appreciate this place one needs to learn history of human kind and think of the world as it appeared back then, without the technology, machines... and modern medicine we take for granted so much!

It's a place everyone will visit either way and it's literally at the steps/bridge to enter the Kos Town Castle (aka Neratzia Castle) which is a pretty impressive place in itself - so chances are where you get somewhat disappointed here then the castle will make up for it :)

TIP: many places to walk around from this side of the island, Old Kos Town, the harbor etc. so once you come here and find parking spot make sure to make the most out of your time
Written September 3, 2021
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lisaneighbour
Verwood, UK40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
5/5
Excellent visit here.
Historical attraction, but I was still able to see the tree using my wheelchair/Walker.
Beautiful place , friendly people and exceeded my expectations.
The streets are cobbled and uneven so some people may find it challenging.
Written May 20, 2022
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Claudio D'Eugenio
Oslo, Norway139 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
The Hippocrates tree is interesting for the interested, but 1. the history of it is more interesting than the tree, and 2. non-interested really don't get anything out of it. Regarding 1. and 2., Kos town could really have done more out if this site. So, when in Kos town, visit it, but don't drive there just to see it.
Written July 29, 2022
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