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The Palace of Knossos

Heraklion
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  • Type: Castles/Palaces, Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.0)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 0.0 (N/A)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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A labyrinth of massive columns and beautiful frescoes, the Palace of Knossos is a testament to the sophistication of the Minoan civilization that disappeared sometime in the 15th century BC. According to legend, it was also home to the mythical Minotaur of King Minos. The site was restored extensively by the famous archaeologist Arthur Evans in the early 1900s. Since then, guidebooks say it has become the biggest tourist draw on Crete.

Knossos is located approximately 3 miles south of Heraklion (city buses run regularly from Bus Station A). Admission fees are minimal, but make sure to budget a good chunk of time, as the Palace of Knossos is a large site that begs for extended exploration.

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