Western Excavation Area

Of all the ancient sites I was able to visit in Kos Town, the Western Excavation Area was my favorite. It beat the ancient Agora in terms of mosaics and quality of ruins. It’s not quite as good as the Asklepeion just outside of town, but it’s worth seeking out. Admission to the site is free.

Western Excavation Area in Kos, Greece

Western Excavation Area

The first part of the Western Excavation Area I explored contained the remains of a large gymnasium and nymphaeum.

Gymnasium in the Western Excavation Area in Kos, Greece

Gymnasium

Gymnasium in the Western Excavation Area in Kos, Greece

Gymnasium

Gymnasium in the Western Excavation Area in Kos, Greece

Gymnasium

Gymnasium in the Western Excavation Area in Kos, Greece

Gymnasium

The gymnasium and nymphaeum contain some impressive mosaics.

Sanctuary of the Nymphs in the Western Excavation Area in Kos, Greece

Sanctuary of the Nymphs

Sanctuary of the Nymphs in the Western Excavation Area in Kos, Greece

Sanctuary of the Nymphs

Mosaic in the Gymnasium in the Western Excavation Area in Kos, Greece

Mosaic in the Gymnasium

Mosaic in the Gymnasium in the Western Excavation Area in Kos, Greece

Mosaic in the Gymnasium

Also impressive is the Roman road that cuts through the site.

Road with the Nymphaeum at the top left corner in the Western Excavation Area in Kos, Greece

Road with the Nymphaeum at the top left corner

Roman road in the Western Excavation Area in Kos, Greece

Roman road

Roman road in the Western Excavation Area in Kos, Greece

Roman road

At the end of this area I came to a Christian basilica built over a set of Roman baths. There were a few faded frescoes to be found.

Basilica in the Western Excavation Area in Kos, Greece

Basilica

Basilica in the Western Excavation Area in Kos, Greece

Basilica

Basilica in the Western Excavation Area in Kos, Greece

Basilica

Basilica in the Western Excavation Area in Kos, Greece

Basilica

The last part of the archaeological site I found was a mosaic of the Kidnapping of Europe.

House of the Kidnapping of Europe in the Western Excavation Area in Kos, Greece

House of the Kidnapping of Europe

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