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Address: Knossos | Knossos Avenue, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
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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Good view of Minoan Architecture

Based on the photes I had seen in books I was a little disappointed. It is quite good and an amazing view of a civilization 4000 years ago but, not as extensively or well... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

Based on the photes I had seen in books I was a little disappointed. It is quite good and an amazing view of a civilization 4000 years ago but, not as extensively or well restored as I expected. Still this is a must go to site if you visit Crete. I suggest you go to the Archeological Museum before going... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

I was very disappointed by the Knossos palace and the unscientific way in which the excavation is presented. It appears that since the time of Evans (100 years ago), nothing has been done about it. It is very unclear which parts are original and which were built by Evans (and on what basis), and the texts that are supposed to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

We were interested to see this site but almost horrified by the restoration work carried out which is now impossible to reverse. It is worth visiting though, even just to be horrified, and an easy bus journey from Heraklion. Small restaurant on site serving an excellent lunch which cheered us up no end.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW via mobile

Great. The first europian civilization.The 5 floors palace was build in1800 BC showing what Cretans could do those days. A must visit for anyone arriving in Crete.

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Tuxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Certainly worth the small price of entry fee and tour. Absolutely fantastic site with some brilliant photo opportunities. A must for any fan of History or Classics.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

The history is difficult to fathom. Interesting site. Combine this with the museum in Heraklion to get a really good idea of what life there might have been like. The tacky tourist shops just outside don't add anything to the experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

What an amazing experience! This place is absolutely phenomenal and I think it is worth visiting Crete just to go to Knossos. I think I could not appreciate the magnitude, beauty and significance of this place no matter how much we had read up on it. And, I think a good tour guide is a must. No, you cannot have... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW via mobile

Lovely place to visit but don't get to see enough of it. Apparently 8yrs ago none of it was fences/blocked off but now things like the throne are behind a door so disappointing. Our guide was great though and knew her stuff and glad it was the British that brought it back to life and have it to the Cretans.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Really wished we hadn't bothered visiting the Palace of Knossos. It was overwhelmingly busy: Far too many tourists for comfort. A great deal of the site had been reconstructed from concrete by an archeologist who thought that's how it once was! Where's the value in that? Hardly an educational visit. Wouldn't recommend. To be honest I felt it was a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

My guide Marilina of Elissos Guided Tour explained the palace to me. Minoan of Knossos Palace and Society were a highly organized group of people who had developed a high standard of living for their citizens. Like a plumbing system for running water.

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