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“The fortress of Neratzia”
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Kos Town Castle
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$38.27*
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Kos Island Independent Day Trip from Bodrum
Ranked #10 of 48 things to do in Kos Town
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Owner description: This was built by knights Templar and is Kos' main tourist attraction.
Reviewed September 14, 2013

The entrance to the castle of Neratzia is in the Hippocrates' plane tree square. You will cross a little bridge over the street of palms. The entrance fee is 3 euros and the castle is well worth every penny.

The castle was built by the knights of St John in the mid-14th century. A lot of the material to build the castle was taken from the archeological sites (including the Asklepeion). Many of the Grand Masters of the knights of St John continued the construction and added new systems to strengthen the defence until the castle fell into Turkish hands in 1523 and later in 1846 a part of it was destroyed by a gunpowder explosion and the castle was let to decline.

Nowadays it is used as a place of exhibition of sculptures, inscriptions and architectural components. The best things about this castle is that you can go nearly everywhere and explore at your own pace. The second great thing are the amazing vistas around the harbour, and the city as well as the ocean.

From the outside the castle still looks like a fortress but in the inside it is more like a ruin. There is very little explanations and signs to guide you so (like the Asklepeion) you are better off with a proper guide book if you want to get the most of the experience. There are a lot of stairs and very little shade so wear sensible shoes and bring a bottle of water with you.

4  Thank MaggieRaven
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

If you are in Kos town this is a must visit. If you are interested in Castles from this period go to Bodrum. This is a pleasant excursion,but the renovations are somewhat dubious. Take water and a camera and enjoy. The opening hours are erratic sometimes. The views of Kos alone make it a worthwhile place to visit and it isn't expensive.

Thank EJCBodrum
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

Really worth visiting the site is huge and packed with fantastic carvings, columns and busts. It offers great value for money in terms of exploring and you get the added bonus of great views of Kos town, the harbour and into the super yachts that dock below.
Some good photo opportunities but take a bottle of water as it certainly gets hot whilst walking around.

1  Thank Lwatson1970
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

My daughter loves this place, plenty to explore cheap to get in, always go early though as can extremely hot, always take a bottle of water. Last time we went toilets were closed, so beware!

Thank Mlgardiner
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

A nice castle but not in as good condition as its sister over in Bodrum. The inside, while well priced at 3 euro, is essentially a ruin and it looks best from outside. Nothing on the inside in the way of a musuem or signs to explain what you are seeing. Good views of the bay though however and pleasant use of 45 mins, just not a 'museum' experience as may be thought beforehand.

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