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The Palace of Knossos

Knossos, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
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Ranked #7 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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Newbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We initially opted to enter the palace without a guide, after about 10mins of looking around we realised we'd get much more out of it if we had a guide. So we went back outside and the guides were putting together groups for €10 a person, or a personal guide for €80. The tour was about an hour and half... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Very touristy. I felt the spirit of the place was lost as some of it had been re built which understand has to be done to preserve it but I felt it had destroyed the feel.

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LHR
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

It was good to use a guide. Even though there is a lot of reconstruction, you still need some imagination for the ruin. A nice break away from the beach resorts.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Beautiful site perfectly preserved. The palace plant is impressive and you can feel the majestic. A little bit touristy. It's hard to understand what's authentic and what has been restored. The most beautiful part, the royal rooms are not accessible and an obliged guided tour impede to freely walk around the site. Palace of Faistos is overall a better experience.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Its hard to belive that it was build 2000 b.c.. Its recommended to take a guide to understand the history of the Palace. But remember its open area - and its really hot there!

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Warsaw, Poland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

not much to see , you can do it in 1 hour . also I advise not to take a tour from the plenty of tour operators in Heraklion but simply jump on the public bus nr.2 from the bus station that takes you right there and cost 1,5 euro one way . The cost of the entry is 6... More

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Kristinestad, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The Minoan Palace of Knossos is worth seeing when visiting Crete, if you are a bit interested in history , how people lived in the ancient Greece. We visited the Palace on a hot day in July 2014. A sun hat, a bottle of water and comfortable shoes are a must. The landscape is beautiful with different kind of trees... More

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Surrey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We were surprised that a lot of the palace had been rebuilt to 'how it probably was', but this is an interesting site, although you probably need a guide to make sense of it. Very hot in August and very crowded, and a queue of about 1 hour to get to see the best bits.

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Matlock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Well worth a guide to show you around and describe what each room was used for; and also to intertwine the greek mythology stories

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We got local busses from Heraklion/Iraklion, easy-peasy. Don't pay astronomically more to get a coach. Do bring water as everyone else says. Definitely get to know the legends surrounding Knossos before going. We went to the archaeological museum in Heraklion the day before to see all the things found at Knossos; the bull's head, the fantastic mosaics from the walls... More

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