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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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  • In addition to the main parking lot was a little closer to the entrance, where we were lucky enough to find a free place for the rented vehicle. The box office stood a long queue, benches were available, but settled down in the Sun. From 3-x CASS worked 2, then was left alone, and right in front of us was closed briefly and the latter. Therefore, the queue moved very slowly. Entrance cost 15 euro per person, together with the Museum-16. Go from Cass. Excavations are neither sho. Authentic remnants of large stones-foundations, between which are inserted. Here and there a small reconstructed fragments that do not reflect the appearance of the Palace as a whole. We amicably decided that he had better digs left in original form and somewhere near reconstructed part of the Palace, so that visitors can look like on it and see how it is considered how this building looked and on foundations to absorb the spirit of authenticity and history. The excavation of any of benches are not found in the sky there was no cloud, Sun zharilo vengeance, people sought shade from the walls and tried to recollect myself there. The place really lacks benches with roofs for the rest. At the entrance was a cafe, including proposed and freshly squeezed juices: Orange and watermelon.
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  • Obviously this is a must see if you are in Crete but it wasn't quite as extensive as I'd been led to believe and it is fascinating how much of the interpretation of the site completely disses the work...  more »
  • IMPRESSIVE-very old ancient castle mound rich civilization. have preserved objects of that time. suitable for people of different ages. But much depends on guide/that shows and tells. Very large area-a three hours walk. In a season of many excursions-there are queues to individual rooms, exhibits, for inspection, for a photo shoot. Happy summer, very hot, so better in the evening or in the morning. bring a bottle of water-do not disturb
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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!!! ;)