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Address: KNOSOS, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Description: Knosos Archaeological site 12km south of Heraklion
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Ancient Palace of Knossos Tour

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This is a vast ruin, somewhat vandalised unintentionally by the English architect who excavated it and rebuilt large chunks of it. It's well worth a visit though, and a wonderful... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2015
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Ludlow, United Kingdom
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London, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We visited Knossos during April 2015, catching a bus directly from Heraklion which cost only 3 euros each, each way. The cafe just inside the palace gates is worth a visit for a drink and/or snack before you walk round and also, the toilets at the start are the ONLY toilets. They are very clean and well kept. The entrance... More 

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Ludlow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This is a vast ruin, somewhat vandalised unintentionally by the English architect who excavated it and rebuilt large chunks of it. It's well worth a visit though, and a wonderful insight into an ancient world, shrouded in myth and mystery. At 6 Euro entry, and free parking it's very reasonable. We went in early April and it was pretty quiet,... More 

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Thessaloniki Region, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

A huge place with all the ruins very well preserved and fine looking! The guide was so eloquent and answering all our questions. We left with so much knowledge about the ancient Cretans!

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

It's a fascinating place with a sense of history and mystery. We went in the Winter and it was very quiet so we got good access but it was cold and windy. We felt the controversial reconstructions helped our appreciation of the place.

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Giessen, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This was definitely the highlight of my visit to Crete, and a journey into the past, dating back to the Neolithic period when the site was first settled until it was levelled for the contruction of a large palace at about 1900 BCE. The palace was intially destroyed through an earthquake at around 1700 BCE, and a larger one was... More 

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Agios Nikolaos, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

us tittle say dont forget ur sun cream ur hat... take a book or a guide will help you much more than just walking around Knossos. Right on the entrance there is a cafeteria with some snacks also water and some other things. Park area its big enough and free. was nice expiriments for me, i recomend it to try... More 

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Pagewood, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

While on a 4 day Island hopping Cruise of the Greek Islands, we were fortunate enough to stop in beautiful Crete and subscribed to the most amazing tour of the Ancient City of Knossos. We had a true local who not only explained the many facts and myths associated with this civilisation, but told us a great deal about the... More 

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Kassandra, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We were virtually alone in this vast space having visited it in February. Beautiful, haunting, and achingly pointing back to a once wealthy and enlightened culture. Who were these Minoans? Where did they spring from? And how suddenly their glory faded. Loved the art work, mostly re- constructed, but vividly evocative.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This is a great site, but it is always hard to know how much is Minoan and how much is Sir Arthur Evans! But it's always interesting and the labelling around the site is intelligent and tries to imply where Evans has given fanciful names to part of the ruins. Having visited Knossos in high summer and February, I recommend... More 

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Kent, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Found this site to be somewhat lacking. Choose to go early in the day as there are very little shaded areas. The restoration work is worth watching if you can get close enough. Try to incorporate this to a half day visit to somewhere else, like Spinalonga Island.

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