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Address: Knossos | Knossos Avenue, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Phone Number: 15
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Description: These labyrinthine ruins are said to have been home to the monstrous...
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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Another 'must see' when you visit Crete.

This is the excavated ruin of the ancient Minoan Palace built about 4000 years ago. It was only discovered and excavated in 1900 by British archaeologist, Sir Arthur Evans, who... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Don't really know why, maybe the reconstruction aspect, but we were really disappointed with the site. Was very very busy, and other people we met raved about the site. Go and judge for yourselves. Maybe you will see what we didn't . Well signposted from the main road if travelling by car as we were, but there were so many... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

I visited Knossos twice during my recent visit to Heraklion. I just wish to add a few tips: 1- Go to the KTEL bus Station near the harbour & on the right, you'll find a small ticket office by the taxi-rank: 1€50 each way on the BLUE BUS near the ticket place...the bus is used by locals & has many... More 

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Huddersfield
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This is the excavated ruin of the ancient Minoan Palace built about 4000 years ago. It was only discovered and excavated in 1900 by British archaeologist, Sir Arthur Evans, who spent the next 35 years excavating the site. It's truly fascinating and well worth a visit. The only trouble is, everyone else also wants to visit so the place is... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

There is some debate about what was done right and what was done wrong in the archeology and reconstruction at Knossos, but it is an historical and fascinating site, and helps to bring to life the earliest history of Crete.

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Orpington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We got here by bus from Bus Station A in Heraklion. Cost was 3 euros return. It is definitely important to get here early - the site opens at 0800 - to avoid the many coach parties. They cause lengthy queues and significant blockages near many of the key buildings. Although some of the buildings have been reconstructed, this does... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

As we have a six year old we decided on a private tour. Our tour guide Katarina was so knowledgable - she even kept my daughter interested. The site is a must see and you do need to give yourself at least a couple of hours to really see it.

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Dundee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Thought we should see Knossos before we left Crete. It had a 6 euro entry fee but we only paid 3 euros!!(Got bus from bus stiation . Local bus stop across from main bus station. Taxis also there. It was only 9 euros but bus back was ony 4 euros for 2 people). Thought it would be like Mali Palace;... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This is the most spectacular ruin in Greece. The Minoans had the earliest civilization and written language in Europe. They started building their palace in 7,000 BC, when the rest of Europe, including Mainland Greece, were still barbarians. The palace is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. It is set on a hill. The outer walls were made of boulders of white-white gypsum... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyed strolling around the palace, discovering ancient pieces and imagining how did the palace looked like back in the day. It was really impressive well spend half of the day. If you not taking a guide make sure to read about it in advance. It makes far more interesting experience if you do your homework.

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Concord, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Some experts criticize the reconstructions that Evans did, but I found them useful. After two weeks of looking at piles of rock all over Greece, my imagination was getting tired. Maybe he wasn't 100% accurate, but it helps us non-experts to see the beauty that existed on this site.

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