Visit the first replica of an ancient Greek settlement! Hippocrates Ancient House and cultural centre and gardens.
Where is it?
Good question…..over the hills and far away!
But, oh so worth it!
Really, just keep following the signs from the turn off to Mastihari….and keep on going, and going, (you actually do think you are lost at one point), until you see signs to Black Pearl Beach Bar, and Vagi Beach! You will come very close to the huge electricity building in Kos (massive red and white things that look like lighthouses from far away), and then you know you are almost there. Don’t give up! You can also reach this amazing cultural centre from Kardamena and Antimachia too.
If you enjoy walking back in time to years gone by, and getting the feel of ancient Greece, in the times of real democracy, in the days of old. This garden, and the two houses are like a museum, you can wonder freely, taking photographs, and taking your time to take in everything that you see.
Guided tours are also available on request, and if you have any questions and queries concerning the history, in fact anything at all, then you are free to ask away, and you will be also enlightened on numerous aspects concerning ancient Greek civilisation.
You will endevour into a time of toga’s, when all people (except from the slaves), were one, in a democratic society, there were no social classes as such, all citizens had the same type of houses, and any extra funds were fed into the community and communial projects of a region.
The whole theme is based on ancient Greek civilisation. The Greek house is infact a replica of a house from the 5th century B.C. from the days of Hippocrates.
Hippocrates, who is mentioned so many times in the history of medicine and Kos, was a man who practiced his own methods of medicine, and taught many others in this field. A man of integrity and ethics, which is also of fundamental importance in the health system throughout the world today. The Hippocratic oath for example.
The main house it self is a two story stone building (which has been made from local stone in Kos). It has the old style tiles which have been place over a wooden roof. All the furniture that you see featured in this house has been made according to ancient times, replicas, it is like a mini museum, with a beautiful mosaic on the floor (made of pebbles).
It took well over a year for the project to be completed, and help was also given and some funds by the European Commission which were very interested in this remarkable idea.
In the gardens lie a theatre area which is based on ancient Greek/Roman designs, (ampitheatre) and can seat over 100 people. Many performances and cultural events have been held here, and will continue to be held. A magical spot, and real a remarkable walk back through history itself.
There is also Dimitras Museum which is a collection of paintings, and even farm tools, which were used during this period. Machinery used for both honey (nectar), and wine, food and drink fit for the gods!
A replica of an ancient altar also stands proud.
It is not just a museum for foreign visitors, but a center of celebration, for all those that live in Greece and on the island itself.
Children and adults can learn not only about classical civilisation, history and philosophy, but about the new age too, environmental projects for example, (recycling, protection of certain species), there has been many excursions involving school children, which has seen over 700 trees planted, and many seeds throughout the garden areas and beyond.
There are also classes available in ceramics, art and mosiacs, the powers of herbs and plants for healing, all you have to do is ask for further information and availability.
During the long summer holidays parents, and friends can bring their children to learn about the ancient times of Greece, they can sit and relax in the tranquil gardens and bring a picnic even if they like! there is a shaded area of chairs and tables, perfect for this. Refreshments are also available too.
Julia is the co-ordinator of the whole project, and who you will meet at the center that has been up and running for 3 years, is wonderful with children (has Nursery School Teaching qualifications). Julia is also an expert in classical Greece, philosophy, enjoys the artistic side of life too, photography and writes poetry, a woman of multi-talents, and a believer in keeping the spirit alive, both in ancient times and in the here and now. A strong environmentalist, with a passion to make the world a better place.
You must also take a look at the video link below that was also fairly recent project in direction and production.
You will also find the Ancient Gardens on Facebook, where you will be able to keep in touch with any cultural events happenening throughout the year, from exhibitions to theater productions, and so much more.
There is also a small entrance fee of 5 euro for adults, and 3 for children, and an opportunity to purchase real herbs used for medicine, soaps made from St John’s Wort, and a collection of beauty products too, so make sure you remember your purse, and your camera of course! Enjoy!
Entrance fee You can bring your own picnic Tours given for free....and botanical tea