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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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Heraklion serves as a convenient base for exploring Crete and draws big crowds with its centrally located hotels, which offer free Wi-Fi, secure parking, private swimming pools, and fitness facilities. Although pricey, staying in the city center also keeps you near the area's top shopping, dining, and entertainment. If you don't mind driving to shops and restaurants, explore the mid-range hotels and small inns farther away from the busy coastline, where you can choose a budget-friendly room with sea views and easy access to quiet beaches.
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  • We visited the palace with my husband in June 2017. I have seen on reviews that the place can be very hot so we picked a cooler day to walk around and did well, make sure you take hat, water and maybe...  more »
  • It's ok but signs are a little unclear when walking around The day we went although fairly early that had already run out Of route maps The guided tour around the site I personally thought was expensi...  more »
  • Not been for many years and a bit disappointing. Parking was easy and free at an independent site some 150M from main gate with very good resturant and facilities. Being OAP's asked for Senior Citizen...  more »
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  • Beautiful spot, and it's easy to see that the palace itself was magnificent, but the site is very, very overcrowded and the guards didn't do a good job of handling crowds. Definitely go in the early morning or late evening, and wear sunscreen—there's no shade.
  • Interesting place, but not much to see for the entrance fee
  • Beautiful, just a pity that no antique resources have been used for the restoration but concrete. It gives an idea how it can have been.
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  • Of course, it is worth visiting the Palace of amateurs of the ancient world! A huge area, there is something to see: columns, frescoes, vases, beautiful pine forest surrounding the Palace. Even the Peacock met on the grounds of the Palace! Entrance 15 euros.
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  • Impressive in its scope. The tour did not take, were with the children. Tourists are plentiful, from the date of the escape.
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