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The Palace of Knossos

Address: Knossos | Knossos Avenue, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
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Ancient Palace of Knossos Tour
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Ranked #10 of 32 Attractions in Heraklion
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: These labyrinthine ruins are said to have been home to the monstrous...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: These labyrinthine ruins are said to have been home to the monstrous Minotaur, a half-man half-bull creature that devoured young virgins.
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Visiting places that I only saw depicted in history books while I was in primary school has always a fascinating effect bringing a lot of memories. The palace itself is huge and sometimes overcrowded, so I would suggest to get a guided tour (it costs 10 Euro) instead of roaming around. Thanks to our knowledgeable guide, we got to know... More 

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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

It is a shame that you cannot visit when no-one else is there - it is too popular for that. Queues at each of the many sites are guaranteed, but don't be pout off. This is one of those places that you must see. It covers an area of 20,000 square metres, and is the most spectacular of the Minoan... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This place is interesting and eerie - you feel like you've stepped into the past. The front gates open into the main compound - the half-worn away ruins of the palace constructed by King Minos, whose name was given to the Minoan people of ancient Greece. This palace is the source of the minotaur myth of Greek mythology. it's very... More 

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I've always wanted to visit the palace of Knossos and I'm so glad I did. This is one of the best sites I have been to.Our guide was excellent and was a wonderful story teller,it was wonderful to listen to someone so passionate about the myths and history surrounding not only Knossos but Heraklion in general. Everything is clearly very... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This complex palace shows the sophistication of pre-Roman Minoan civilization. The written interpretation on signs is inimal so take a tour or bring your own info.

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Shenyang
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This is one of the best archeological sites I've seen in Greece. Everything well maintained, lots of boards with explanations, sketches and drawings of the old palace. Takes a certain time but it's worth. Try to get a guide or try to follow a group which has already a guide :-)

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Kampenhout, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Very crowdy in the hot August sun. Having a guide telling you the story about this place in your own language is an absolute necessity. Our guide who lived in Amsterdam for a while spoke very fluent Dutch. Petty about the concrete but the guy doing the initial restoration must have thought this was the best option at that time.

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Victoria Harbou
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

On a recent visit by cruise ship to Heraklion I spent 3-4 hour visiting & exploring the very fascinating & interesting ruins of the ancient Minoan palace of Knossos. The site can be reached by city bus which has a stop right out side the cruise terminal for I think I paid 6 Euro return. The bus drops you off... More 

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Sheffield
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

The first time we went to The Palace of Knossos was over 25 years ago. So, i was keen to see how things had changed since then. We drove (using a hire car) and parked very close - lots of space to park (no charge). The walk up to the entrance is lined with a wealth of shops/traders - all... More 

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Mannheim, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

This is surely one of the key archeological sites of ancient Europe. The more I was disappointed that the current status reflects more what Evans wanted it to look like than anything else. The ruins have been "improved" a lot, to a point where it's not even clear what was there originally.

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