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The Palace of Knossos

Knossos, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
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Ranked #9 of 33 Attractions in Heraklion
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
Traveler Description: The Palace of Knossos is the most important monument in Crete. The archaeological site of Knossos is 5 km southeast of Heraklion, in the valley of... more »
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Sun City, Arizona
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The Palace has been essentially stripped bare of meaningful artifacts, so go see them first at the Heraklion Archeological Museum. A1.5 Euro bus is only a block away from the entrance to both, so it is easy to do both in a day; the bus runs every 20 minutes and is as fast as a taxi,.

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

More than ruins, with beautiful frescos and amphoras. Quite impressive how the Minoans already had grand staircases, baths and toilets!

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Sir Arthur Evans discovered this place in the 1900's. It was the seat of ancient Minoan civilization. I just really hate how this guy tried to re-create parts of the palace as HE saw it. I just kept thinking "How did Evans know what this particular section of ruins was used for?". Purely speculative and not based on facts, in... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

For an able-bodied person I would have to rate this a five star attraction. However, if you have (very) limited mobility there are problems. You will be able to get your wheelchair around roughly a third of the site without difficulty but after that you will have to abandon it and deal with flights of steps if you can. The... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Even in October this site was crowded, but how can you go to Crete and not tour this site? The ruins are amazing. We had just been to the Archaelogical Museum in Herkaklion, so being at Knossos immediately after was a great way to put all of the history together. I especially like the fact that they have placed copies... More

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Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

I loved seeing the architecture and the things that were done there that showed the community as progressive and innovative.

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Fulton, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

A visit here makes more sense if one has a background in Greek mythology. Walking around the labyrinth was eye opening. The reconstruction is coming along and you can get a real sense of what a magnificent place this must have been. A lot of stairs and uneven walking so not for those who are mobility impaired.

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Lyon, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

We spent a nice afternoon with the sun setting at the ruins of minor civilization. Our guide took us over the most imprtant parts of what was left after 6000 years. The level of civilization of these people suprised me. It was a great lesson of the history in wonderful setting. There are some original parts of the palace, mainly... More

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Banbury, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Amazing views, great architecture and some parts are very well preserved. We spent hours wandering around Knossos. It was cheap to get in and you could go around with a tour guide at an extra cost

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Guildford Surrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

It is well worth the small extra cost to use the services of a guided tour which gives so much more information and understanding of the remains on display. Extensive area and highly impressive.

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