Interesting Facts About Ampavris

The Street Name:

The street where the restaurant is located is named after the ancient spring of Vourina that passes through this area.The beautiful fountain was constructed mainly from megaliths without the use of plaster. The resulting structure is amazing in its simplicity. The water network has been in use continuously from ancient times up until today. The inhabitants were supplied with the drinkable water from taps located in different locations around town and in a few houses. Nowadays the underground waterway still supplies the town of Kos. It is located in the northeast hills of Dikaio at a height of 320 meters with a view towards the east Aegean Sea.


The different theories where the name "Ampavris" comes from:

1)According to Mr. Anast. Karanastasis :"Perhaps Ampavris was a place where pedestrians liked to stop and take a rest before going their way to the Asklepion or another high place in the region."

2)Place with guards and because located on a hill some assume it was used as beacon.

3)Last,but until today this has never been confirmed:an ancient cemetery

However many researchers tend to agree with Linguist Karanastasis's opinion.


Ampavris Ancient Theater

One of Kos town’s best kept secrets is the Ancient Theater of Ampavris. The theater is an archaeological site unknown to the general public. In fact, many locals do not even know it exists and even fewer know where it is located!

It is situated at the southernmost edge of the ancient town and only part of its orcestra and main stage have been excavated. It is estimated to be 108 meters wide and once seated 13000-14000 spectators!

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30,000 people live on the island all year round according to the most recent census.

Names of Kos

In the past Kos has gone under different names. In ancient times it was known as Meropis and Nymphæa. Later on Turks referred to Kos as İstanköy (in Turkish); Italians called the island ‘Coo’ and the English ‘Stanchio’.


There are many small and large villages on the island of Kos. How many of the below have you visited?

Antimachia, Asfendiou, Kardamena, Kefalos, Lagoudi, Marmari, Mastihari, Platani, Pyli, Zia and Zipari.


Kos produces many fruits and vegetables. The main crops produced on the island are grapes, figs, olives, tomatoes, wheat and almonds.

Recent History

The Venetians took control of the island from the Byzantines 150 years before the collapse of Constantinople. They sold it to the Knights of St. John, based in Rhodes, in 1315. The Knigts abandoned the island under the threat of an Ottoman invasion in 1523. The Ottomans ruled Kos for 400 years until it was transferred to Italy in 1912. In World War II, the island was taken over by the Axis powers. It was occupied by Italian troops until the Italian surrender in 1943. British and German forces then clashed for control of the island in the Battle of Kos, in which the Germans were victorious. German troops occupied the island until 1945, when it became a protectorate of the United Kingdom, who ceded it to Greece in 1947.


Kos island offers a wide range of activities for its visitors and caters to all tastes. If you decide you’d like to work on anything other than a tan, you can get quality exercise time in by walking or jogging, cycling or trying any of the numerous watersports on offer. There are many seaside clubs which offer training and gear for water-skiing, waterboarding, parascending and kitesurfing (which has become increasingly popular among the locals in recent years). If you get feel adventurous during your holiday you may want to take a course in horse back riding. The island has a couple of equestrian clubs which offer training and occasionally run competitions. Thrill seekers can also choose to go on a jeep safari (sorry no wild animals, maybe a stray goat or a lazy cow!) or go bungee jumping.

If you are interested in archaeological sights, there are many interesting things to see on Kos, an island that is steeped in history. Highlights include The Asclepieion, The Plane Tree of Hippocrates, Casa Romana and the Ancient Odeion. If you enjoy day trips, there are buses and organized coach tours available for all of the island’s villages throughout the day . Ferry boats offer tours around the island as well as sailing trips to most of the region’s other islands daily. Each island offers unique delights. Try Rhodes, the island of the Knights or Kalymnos, the island of the sponge divers. Patmos is known through-out Christianity as the site where ‘The Revelation’ was written. Nisyros pulsates with the strange energy of its volcano. And if you want to try a bit of continent-hopping Turkey and Asia are right across the way.

Finally, during the summer months try to catch any of the festivities (many free of charge) and cultural events which are organized around Kos town as part of the annual ‘Hippocrateia’ festival . These included theatrical performances of the local drama societies, live music and traditional dances.

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