Malia Minoan Palace, Malia

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Explore Malia Minoan Palace to see what's left of the palace built here several thousand years ago. The palace was constructed in 1900 BCE but was destroyed 200 hundred years later. The ruins you'll see are from the rebuilt palace, which replaced the former in 1700 BC. Begin at the small museum, where you will see a model of the palace as it would have looked originally. At the north end of the palace, visit the necropolis where the famous gold bee pendant--now on display in a museum in Heraklion--was uncovered. Learn about the Minoans relationship with their Gods by examining the round table in the central court, where they placed seeds as offerings to the deities. Put Malia Minoan Palace into our Malia online trip builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • I decided to walk here for the last day of the holiday, and because the weather was cool. The ticket costs 6 euros. Honestly, no impression on me not impressed the TA pile of stones, remaining there from the Minoan civilization. All household items, decorations and stuff, that was found at the site of the former Palace, is already in the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion. I believe it is better to visit this museum. And the Minoan Palace of Malia can visit when is nothing to do.
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  • A nice area of archaeological excavations. It is a pity not to have a small booklet in French for explanations. I'll meet you in ruins without too much explanation. That's too bad. Avoid if you know nothing about history.
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  • The excavation is more 'natural' leave. Not so much explanation or context information. Sure great for scientists. Tend not to recommend for families with small children
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  • To all Dutch students, be careful when walking inside with your student card. If you do not have an expiration date on it they will deny you in the most rude way possible. They won’t believe you’re a student and just shoo you away. Just pay the 6 euros instead, they’re not friendly at all giving you free entry. Asides from that, very nice site to visit.
  • Contrary to the Knossos site, the Malia Palace has not suffered any reconstruction attempts. It leaves more room for observation and imagination and is less overrun and not lined with tourist shops. Even better: the relatively unspoilt Potamos beach is only a few hundred meters away.
  • The site is very rundown and seems to lack any investment. This is a real shame as the site holds lots of historical importance for the area and and it's relation to Knossos. When we visited they would not accept our UK student cards from NUS.
  • Site is located on the outskirts of Malia, reachable by local bus, with car park on site. It is walkable from Malia, but be careful of the traffic. Site accepts cash and card for entry fee; small museum and toilet facilities on site. The ruins are across a small area and mostly open to the elements be warned in the summer it gets very hot, bring lots of water. Plenty of photo opportunities, great views of surrounding hills too. Well worth the trip, not as grand or busy as Knossos.
  • Перед посещением зоны руин, полагаю, есть смысл заглянуть в небольшой магазин-музей сразу у входа. Картины реконструкции помогут воспринимать руины, как части архитектурного ансамбля.
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