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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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Fulshear, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Get there early or soon after it opens! Tour buses start arriving at 10-10:30 and it looks like it was getting crowded when we were leaving! We were able to walk around before everyone got there. Taxi driver said most people only spend an hour but we spent 2 hours. We did the inner part first and then did the... More

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Dhaka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Easily reachable by bus from Heraklion town. If you are interested in history, you can consider buying a combo ticket which covers both this place and the Museum of Archaeology in Heraklion to get a more complete understanding of this place. The place is quite extensive with some signage detailing what you are seeing. Part of the area have been... More

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Uk
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I love visiting ancient sites and had been looking forward to seeing Knossos. We went with a guide in a coach from our hotel. At times, there were so many guided tours it was difficult for us to hear our guide. There were three cruise ships in harbours locally and this may have may the day worse than normal. We... More

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East Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

While the reconstructions are controversial, they do help you better visualize the original. Easy to get to by bus from main bus station. No real brochure/guide provided; bring your own if you want one.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

part of the archaeological area. very beautiful, steeped in Minoan history and worth visiting. we spent a few hours walking round the site and left feeling much more educated on the lives of those who lived in the era.

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Leeds, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Every tourist should visit because of the historical importance of the site and the Minoans but.....I don't know whether it is that Arthur Evans "reconstructed" parts of the palace to fit in with his own ideas (which seems to be referred to everywhere) or that all the good stuff is in the Heraklion museum..... but it seems a rather soulless... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

One of the first great archeological discoveries of the 19th century, the charm of the place is unbelievable. Reachable by bus or taxi from Heraklion center. Plan to spend most of a day inside and take a guide at the beginning, then wander around by yourself … you'll not regret it. There is a restaurant/cafe for a light (or robust)... More

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Coral Cove, QLD Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

An very interesting site but much of the site has been recreated to give you an idea what it was like. If visiting this site go early as it becomes very busy after 1000 hrs, lines of people everywhere. It cost 6€ to enter. Also, very hot so don't forget your hat and water. This site is 14 kms from... More

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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Got there on the bus from the Heraclion city ,i think it was like 2.50 € each ,not very far to go too. The only thing is that place is packed with ppl and on especially hot day its impossible to stand in the queues to get to places in the palace.A lot to see but if you are not... More

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Lemnos, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We enjoyed our time wandering throughout the Palace. We were fortunate to have an excellent guide that was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We really learned a lot of the history of the Minoans.

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