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The Palace of Knossos, Heraklion
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Built over a Neolithic town, The Palace of Knossos represented the ceremonial and political center of Minoan civilization on Crete. English archaeologist Arthur Evans made his name by working on the excavation and partial restoration of this ancient palace for over three decades, beginning in 1900. The palace complex contains a maze of living spaces, workshops, banquet halls, shrines, and storerooms, built around a central square sometime between 2000 and 1350 BCE. To gain a glimpse into the wealth and sophistication of the Minoan culture, hop on a bus in nearby Heraklion and join a guided tour of the palace's labyrinthine corridors, so vast they gave rise to the popular legend of King Minos and the Minotaur. Our Heraklion trip itinerary builder makes visiting The Palace of Knossos and other Heraklion attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • We had mixed views about Knossos. As many people have said, the use of concrete in the restoration carried out by Arthur Evans at the beginning of the last century was in some places a little too obvi...  more »
  • Great guide (booked through Apollo) that picked us up in Chania. Knowledgeable, genuine interest and managed to make the tour an exciting historical story! Even teenagers liked the display.
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  • Absolutely have to visit this place, because without the excursions you understand nothing, not as a historian. We went with the Ambotis and the US with her husband really enjoyed this place, its significance in history, although it was insanely hot. Small children up to six years to take do not recommend
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  • It's very interesting and a must-see for anyone in Crete. I wouldn't absolutely insist on a guided tour if you've done your research and more or less know what Knossos is about, but our tour guide was still informative. Still, some others were...less so. I could hear one shouting at her group in broken English. Still though, it's fascinating.
  • Fascinating to see a place with a history dating back so incredibly far. Worth a visit. Bring your own notes from the internet and walk around yourself. Forgo the guided tour.
  • Yeah, pretty good. Hot and not a lot of shade, just an FYI, so bring a bottle of water in. As for the site itself, it's a bit of a shame you can't go in a lot of areas. Also the signage has no idea about anything. "Evans thought this area was the games area" but there's no supporting evidence. Evans could have been drunk for all we know. Still, a really good and "more complete" site than a lot of others. 4 painted bulls out of 5.
  • A must see for anyone travelling to Crete. Worth every penny to get in and see it. A tour guide might be helpful, but if you do your own studying then you'll be just fine.
  • Great Place /Palace! But - you have to be honest to yourself - it is a rather questionable pile of stones seen through eyes of a modern archeologist - which I am not, but you scence it everywhere. Disneyland for grown ups. A realy beautiful day out anyhow! Still a must see!!! ;)