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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 #44 of 470 things to do 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Pros; easy to walk around, nice views. Cons; sometimes crowded with herds of Asian tourists - much of the exhibitions are closed off to the public.

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Heraklion Prefecture, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

An impressive archeological site magnificently preserved if you consider that it is 5000 years old! A must see monument. You travel through time as you walk inside the famous Minoan Labyrinth. You can visit the throne room of Minoas and see the luxurious apartments of the queen, with her exlusive and fully decorated bathroom. All the important rooms are lavishly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

This is a great visit. We took a coach trip to the Palace of Knossos, which is a really interesting place to visit. You also can explore the little village around the area and have an amazing lunch nearby. Fascinating place and the tour guide we were with was brilliant. Well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Love the history of Crete and Knossos is one of the best places to see it, go early in the day as it get really hot from 12/1 onwards, and take some water in a cool bag if you can. It's not as good as it was years ago as a lot of the ruins are now cordoned off, but... More 

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Heraklion, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Let the Prince of the Lilies and the Blue Ladies guide you through the palace's maze and take you back in time... to the magical era of King Minos, Princess Ariadne and Minotaur - the mythical monster. If you are near Heraklion, we strongly recommend that you don’t miss out on visiting the palace of Knossos. Knossos was one of... More 

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Heraklion, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Its better to visit early in the morning to avoid the heat in the summer .Buy water to have in hand or even some snack.To enjoy it better have plenty of time and a guide if possible.So educational and jaw dropping i d say!!!

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Walking around Knossos really opened our eyes to the sophistication of ancient culture. This is definitely a must do when in Crete - be sure to go early and purchase the combo tickets that allow you to visit the museum in Heraklion. It is simply amazing and you will need to entire day to see both. We did Knossos in... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Simply astonishing! We had read about it but never visited. A great monument. Be advised, you'd need to spend many hours to take it all in and also later explore the museum too.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

It is unique piece of history, but well... No museum attached, poor or no descriprion of the objects etc. Of course its a must see location in Crete, but could be so much better.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

The ruins of the palace are extensive. A self-guided tour is easy because there is excellent signage. The most eye-catching parts of the complex are the restorations which give a better idea of the original palace than the stone foundations alone. Both the ruins and the archaeological museum should be visited to have a better understanding of Minoan Crete.

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