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place to feel home. not only kos but every destination i head in aegean i definately feel home. only the difference is they speak greek we speak turkish....i luv my neigbors , who cares the politics !!
i am still expecting some personal pics from friends to edit this page as it deserves....


Polivotis and Kos
Long before the twelve gods of Olympus came to power, people worshipped and were ruled by the sons of Gaia (Earth) and Ouranos (Heaven). These were the giants, or the Titans. In a battle that shook the very foundation of the universe, these giants struggled against the Olympian gods, led by Zeus the son of the Titan Chronos (Time). The Titans were eventually defeated and after the battle, the giant known as Polivotis fled to Kos to seek refuge. The god of the sea, Poseidon, had a particular hatred for Polivotis and pursued him there. When Poseidon found Polivotis he broke off a part of Kos Island and hurled it at him, crushing the giant and killing him. This, according to myth is how the isle of Nisyros was formed. (Nisyros was in fact part of Kos but was separated by an earthquake. The exact time when this occurred is unknown.)
Mythical Name of Kos
other Titans such as Phoebus, Kios and his brother Kinnos, also sought refuge on the Isle of Kos. Kinnos even named it after himself, "Kinnis".
Mythology links the island with probably the most famous of all Ancient Greek heroes, the invincible demi-god, Hercules.Birth of HerculesZeus was the head of the twelve gods of Olympus and his weapon was the terrifying lightning bolt which he hurled at his enemies. In spite of the fact that he was a god, Zeus had one fundamental weakness. He found it hard to resist mortal women! So when he saw the lovely Alcmene, Zeus yearned for her and so he took the form of her husband Amphitryon and fooled her into making love to him. Hercules was thus born, the son of a god and a mortal. Zeus' wife, Hera, was forced to breast feed Hercules against her will, and this instilled a deep hatred inside her for Hercules

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Twelve Labours of Hercules
When Hercules was married, Hera drove him into a fit of madness and Hercules killed his wife Megara and his children. When Hercules regained his sanity and realized what he had done, he went to the Oracle of Delphi to find out what he had to do for atonement. The oracle told him that the only way to atone himself was by going to serve his cousin Eurystheus, the king of Tyrins. Hera who still hated her husbands illegitimate child, plotted the destruction of Hercules with Eurystheus. When Hercules arrived at Tyrins, his cousin decreed that Hercules would have to perform 12 perilous labours. These labours included such feats as the slaying of the Lion of Nemea, the killing of the Lernaia Hydra, an awesome water snake with nine heads, the destruction of the man-eating birds of Stymphalus, the Harpes and bringing Eurystheus three golden apples from the garden of Esperides, which was guarded by the immortal dragon with the hundred heads
Hercules in Troy

Having accomplished all twelve labours, Hercules was made to undertake others of lesser importance but none the less, just a perilous. The King of Troy, Laomedon, commissioned Hercules to slay a sea monster that was decimating Troy and would only be appeased if the king's daughter, Hesione, was to be made it's "bride", this of course meant that the monster would ravage her and kill her. In return, King Laomedon promised to give Hercules the Royal Horses which had been given to the king by Zeus, the father of the gods, himselfHercules did indeed slay the monster and thus saved Hesione, but the king quickly withdrew his promise. Hercules, enraged, organized a campaign against King Laomedon with the assistance of his friends who were experienced warriors and they killed the king and plundered his kingdom.Hercules in Kos

Returning with his friends from Troy, with six ships heavily laden with treasure, Hercules got caught in a terrible storm of unparalleled proportions. The storm had been summoned by Hera, whose hatred for Hercules had once again been rekindled, and she was determined to wipe his name from the face of the earth. Five of the six ships did go down and everyone on board was lost, but Hercules and some of his friends managed to land at what today is known as Cape Gourniatis in Kos.

Here he met a young shepherd called Antagoras, watching his flock. Hercules demanded food from the shepherd, but Antagoras who was physically strong himself, refused to be intimidated and would not give Hercules and his comrades any food. This caused Hercules to attack him in a fit of rage. They wrestled for a long time with no man gaining the upper hand until Antagoras' fellow citizens came to his aid. Hercules' companions then came to his aid and a fierce battle ensued. Hercules managed to escape and sought protection in a Thracian woman's house who disguised him in her clothes and he fled to the mountains. His companions did the same and they all arrived at a town called Phixioton near present day Pyli. The inhabitants of the town welcomed Hercules and his friends and insulted the people of Antimachidon which had attacked Hercules by labeling them as inhospitable. To correct the wrong the people of Antimachidon had done to Hercules, the people of Phixioton proclaimed Hercules their king. Thus Antimachidon declared war on Phixioton which was ruled by King Eurypylus, son of Poseidon the god of the sea.

Since both Hercules and Eurypylus were sons of gods, they were quite evenly matched and Eurypylus even managed to badly wound Hercules in one particular battle. Hercules did however eventually manage to overcome and kill Eurypylus. The people of Antimachidon then proclaimed Halkonas as their new king and he ended the war by giving his sister's hand, Halkiopi, to Hercules in marriage. Halkiopi gave birth to Thessalos, the future king of Kos and Nisyros.
its a commercial-typical town trip to spot the sights...within turkey or somewhere in greece , its much safer than walking on foot. NO hassle , easy !

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