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The Palace of Knossos

Knossos, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
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Ranked #4 of 30 attractions in Heraklion
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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Heraklion, Greece
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

A good guide will make the icon of the era a real one.there are not just ruins. it's a big extended place with natural charm surrounding the palace. you will find it interesting and all yr questions can easily answered. Try to avoid to be there at miday due to higt temperatures (during summer). At 4 pm it's just perfect,... More

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Heraklion, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

When you hear about ruins and sites you think of some stones and... ruins actually, but that has nothing to do with Knossos. It is a very extensive palace in a place with natural charm and the visitor gets a pretty good idea about the region and lots ancient culture. Try an official guide in a Pre-booked tour (not the... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Wonderful to finally see the ruins of this once incredible palace. There's been a lot of reconstruction of the palace and there are clear signs throughout the area that explains how and why. There are also clear signs explaining what each aspect of the ruin is and what each room was thought to be. There are a lot of guides... More

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Crete, Greece
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

Having visited many archaeological sites throughout the world, and having a background in heritage, I feel that I have a legitimate requirement to warn unsuspecting tourists that the Knossos experience is pretty lame. It reminded me of the former Leyland Brothers theme park in Australia, which is now rightfully a take-away food outlet. Knossos is presented as a cheap fantasy... More

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Beverly Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

The palace is perched peacefully on top a hill, so wear a hat to spend a couple of hours under the Mediterranean sun. I'm so moved by this advanced, peaceful civilization. They were experts at trading and kept an accounting system, and also had taxes! They loved the arts and high class/high culture. They had advanced plumbing and cooling systems.... More

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Varazdin, Croatia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

If you are in Heraklion, you can take the hop on or hop off bus from the port. The bus goes also to the Palace of Knossos. If you dont like to take the bus you can also take a cab to there, thats also not a problem. Its located about 6-7 km from Heraklion and with the Hop on... More

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Crete, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

the palace of knossos is from arheological intrested probably one the most intresting in europe.The first civilization in europe , 6000 years old.knossos is located about 7 km south to heraklion town.

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Van Anda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

We were pleasantly surprised that it was so easy and affordable to get to Knossos from the cruise ship terminal. Bonus if you are a senior, it is half price for entrance to Knossos. The little shops at Knossos are similar prices to those in town. Drive to Knossos through olive trees is pleasant with good views from the 2nd... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Visiting these ruins which were once the heart of Minoan civilisation is a must if you are interested in ancient history. Although there has been extensive excavation and recreation work on this site, thanks to archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans, a lot of ruins remain and we found having a guide was invaluable in helping us negotiate our way around. There... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

You have to visit Knossos if you visit Crete. It is such an important ancient site. It is well worth hiring a guide to show you around and point out which parts of the ruins are original and which are not. The guide did tell us to disregard almost everything from above knee height at some points... Even so, it... More

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