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Ancient City of Phaistos

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Address: Epar.Od. Faistou - Kalon Limenon, Sivas, Crete 702 00, Greece
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+30 2892 042315
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The ruins of an ancient Minoan palace, popular among tourists.

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A small but kind site of ancient greeks. Some things are restored, but not a lot. Youcan walk everywhere. In one hour you can see everything. The entrance price of 8 euro was... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Lokeren, Belgium
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Lokeren, Belgium
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A small but kind site of ancient greeks. Some things are restored, but not a lot. Youcan walk everywhere. In one hour you can see everything. The entrance price of 8 euro was rather expensive.

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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is my favorite ruin to visit in Crete. The scenery is spectacular and the ruins are not mangled with like they are in Knossos. Absolutely worth a visit if you're planning on sightseeing while on Crete.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 736 helpful votes
Reviewed January 23, 2017

This is the place, where the famous Phaistos disc has been unearthed. While Knossos is the more Hollywood-style, might-be "restauration" of Minoan culture, this sight is much closer to the truth. After a 90 minutes ride through rural Crete, we found an excellent sight, which superceeded our expectations. Definitely worth going here.

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Mires, Greece
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Reviewed January 4, 2017

If you are curious to see where the Discus of Phaistos where found and what these symbols mean and discover the ancient Minoan civilisation,then it is worth to visit the ancient city of Phaistos. The minoan had running water 4000 years ago and where very civilized where the woman was respected and was equal to the man. The palce is... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed December 1, 2016

Went to this site for a university trip. The site is well managed with a fantastic gift shop but the best thing about this site is the cat pack that followed us around soliciting pets from all of us. Made the site that much cuter. The site itself on a good fine day gives excellent views across the Messara plains... More 

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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Reviewed November 4, 2016

Phaestos is about 62 km from Heraklion and has wonderful archaeological sites; the palace of Phaestos is from the same period as Knossos and disappear at the same time; there are no reconstructed columns as in Knossos; Phaestos is different; there are a breathe of holy solemnity and a real harmony with the countryside; The atmosphere seems that solemn celebrations... More 

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Reviewed November 1, 2016

We actually preferred this ancient site to the experience we had at Knossos. The only slightly disappointing thing was that much of the lower area was closed off to the public. I do understand the reasons why, and might well return in future years to explore it further. As with many Cretan sites, all artefacts have been removed to the... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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Reviewed October 30, 2016

Has food,shop and clean bathrooms. Site interesting with nice views. Do not depend on the busses for this trip. They are few and far between and sometimes see you but refuse to stop.

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Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

After the imaginative reconstruction of Knossos it was refreshing to see Phaistos and in some ways it gives a better impression of how grand the site once was. Sufficient information boards to read as you walk around and adequate facilities (cafe, shop & toilets).

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Andover, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 27, 2016

On a week's archaeology tour this was my favourite site. The setting, on top of a hill, is dramatic and the ruins are extensive, but easy to understand. There are well preserved royal apartments, many storage areas and cult rooms. Both older and more recent ruins can also be seen, showing how people continued to build in the same place.... More 

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