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The Palace of Knossos, Heraklion

Categories: Ruins, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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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  • Having read Greek Mythology as a kid, I find places like this just need a little imagination and you are there. Loved it I was transported Hercules, Jason et all were with me. It's very busy but worth...  read more »
  • Very interesting day although it was hot we found the guide very knowledgable and kept the tour interesting. 
  • Archaeological site really easy to get to, a few Km from Heraklion. Although October was really hot, but it was well worth the money (although I feel kinda expensive ticket price of 15 € ... I paid € 16 to visit also Heraklion Museum). I wanted for so long to see Crete only to hit the ground at Knossos, the Palace, the frescoes have faded and walk where they had walked, a unique emotion! Maybe I was expecting a little more, were too obvious reconstructions, but everything was compensated with a visit to the Museum where there were the original frescoes!
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  • In spite of all the hype about labyrinths, none is to be found. Over-zealous "reconstructions" of some parts spoil the mood. Stuff is misnamed just because the first British explorers thought they looked like something (the "theater" is nothing of the sort, for example). But... very historic, no doubt.
  • Really fun to check out if you like ruins. I was shocked to think about how massive it must have been when it was still around. If you're in Heraklion just go to the bus stop and ask for a round trip ticket. It's much cheaper than taking a cruise tour
  • Emblematic of Crete, this sight is a hybrid of archeological supposition and ancient architecture. The overlapping stories in this space are rich for interpretation. It's also a great stop on the way to wine country (Lyrarakis Winery is the best, by the way).
  • A some what restored ancient ruin, it looks great and majestic. If you are near Hiraklion, then make sure to go here if you like history at all, also bring sunscreen and water.
  • must visit if you go to crete is main attraction of history and minoan culture lot of ruins and labyrinths also the kings throne
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