The Plane Tree of Hippocrates


Just next to the castle is another landmark forever associated with Kos’ most famous son. The Plane Tree of Hippocrates is supposedly where the good doctor sat in the shade and taught his students. The tree you see today is around 500 years old, meaning it isn’t anywhere near old enough, but many believe it replaced Hippocrates’ original tree which, according to 16th and 17th century anecdotal evidence, dwarfed the one we see today. Either way, the 12m circumference of the tree we enjoy today is a monument of history. If only its branches could talk.

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