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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  • August 17, 2017
    The Little Garden Coffee Bar looks nice and invites you for a freshly squeezes juice. It is tempting but service is terrible as the waiters push you for the large size juice and it is really a rip off...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    The archaeological site is a few kilometres from Heraklion City in the central part of the island of Crete. Constitutes an important testimony of the civilization of the bronze age. It is best to go early to the site because there are files to make the tickets. Nearby there are a couple of large parking lots, one of which is dedicated to the many tourist buses, however you can reach the site by public bus. Within the site, you will find guides that are indispensable for the understanding of the various environments and ruins that make up the site. Within the site there are toilets and a small refreshment bar. Bring a water bottle and Cap because the visit lasts a few hours and often takes a very strong sun
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  • August 17, 2017
    Lovely place to explore, remember to wear lots of sun cream and a hat, as it is outside. Also remember this is a large site, and may be a little harder for people mobility problems. But in all a good ...  more »
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  • June 20, 2017
    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.
  • July 1, 2017
    Interesting place, but not much to see for the entrance fee
  • May 26, 2017
    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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  • July 1, 2017
    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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  • June 17, 2017
    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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