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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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  • A site very interesting, huge. Plan of good shoes and at least 1 h 30 visit. If you want to take a coffee or a drink, do not go had breast of the site, he practices exorbitant prices (believed to be in New York or Paris), and it is half taken off-site.
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  • I do not wish to add additional praise to those that so many have already done: this archaeological site does deserve! I just want to provide some practical advice: go there very early in the morning (be already there at opening) to avoid file and crowding; bring a hat (the Sun is very bitter); bring water (it's easy to dehydrate). A few comments: here are a good part of our roots even if it is not automatically recognize them; Notice how the site is free of defensive walls, apparently not thought to have enemies or potential invaders; spend the time to admire the magnificent scenery around the site, if it's a sunny day you will be ecstatic; Don't be easy denigrating the work of Evans, at the time it was believed that it was correct to do so and, in any case, what he did certainly makes the site more enjoyable and instructive; do not think that everything has been rebuilt by Evans: many environments and many walls are completely original.
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  • We went to see the palace and decided to have a guide, who was a great character with a wealth of knowledge and anecdotes. Brought the almost 5000 years of history of this place to life, however some ...  more »
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  • The most popular and most visited monument of architecture on the island.
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