The Palace of Knossos

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The Palace of Knossos
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Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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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RM1985
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Fantastic site if you are good on your feet
Oct 2021 • Friends
Lost a star as the site is not practical for anyone with mobility issues - poor knees ankles etc. One of my group uses a stick and can be poor on his feet, especially on uneven ground. There are lots of steps too. Whilst we knew there would be a bit of walking etc. the website did not detail how extreme the terrain was. On a whole a very nice place. We went to the museum first and gave a bit of an insight before getting the bus out to the site. I got a combined ticket which saves 10 Euro if visisting both. We had 2 over 65 (proven with EU passport) who got a reduced rate of 8 Euro from standard 15. Think this may be available for under 25s too. Over for someone who has a keen interest in archaeology history, well worth a visit.
Written October 14, 2021
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billio75
Huddersfield, UK64 contributions
Not worth the 2hrs+ drive
Oct 2021
We had this at the top of our priority list, despite being some distance away at the Chania end of the island and unfortunately came away disappointed. It took us just over 2 hours to get there so it was especially disappointing to find large sections of the site cordoned off that had clearly been accessible to visitors before. That cut our overall visit time to just over an hour, even at a leisurely pace. It was also disappointing to discover large sections all over the site had been reconstructed with concrete back in the early 1900's by the archaeologist who excavated the site. Granted, things were different back then and such an approach to "conservation" probably wouldn't happen today but it seriously detracted from the authenticity of the site. We can say we've been but that really is all we can say. Certainly not a highlight of our holiday.
Written October 14, 2021
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R M
Wolverhampton, UK84 contributions
Great tour of the site
Oct 2021 • Couples
Great information was forthcoming from our excellent guide Joanna. The site is amazing and well worth the effort to walk around.
Written October 11, 2021
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arh0070
Lafayette, LA203 contributions
Not worth visiting while they restrict entry due to Covid .
Oct 2021 • Couples
This site is quite frankly is not worth visiting at this moment in time. All the interesting parts are closed due to Covid .Quite frankly it is just ridiculous .We had to buy a guide book to see what we were missing .It was full of visitors and basically all you get to see is a pile of rocks which is similar to many other sites in Greece.We did a day trip from suda bay from a cruise ship (Viking).2 hour drive to site ,saw the rocks ,went off and had an awful lunch as part of the tour and then back to ship .8 hours in total and not worth it .What was nice was to se the North coast line of Crete which is a beautiful island .Would have been better to visit the museum with all the artifacts .
Written October 11, 2021
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Braunie
Berlin, Germany24 contributions
Be careful with the opening hours!
Oct 2021 • Family
We booked online tickets within the time slot 4pm-6:30pm, so we thought you can get in the sight until 6:30pm. We arrived around 5.15pm and booked one of the private guides (80€) in front of the entrance. Shortly afterwards we were told that the sight is closing at 6pm and some women were following us and our guide with withles to throw us out. We told them that we booked tickets at least till 6:30. But we only got unfriendly answers as they said that the hours on the official website of the culture ministry are not correct. At the door of Knossos it says that it is open until 8pm. Our friendly guide told us that they have a lot of troubles with these people closing the sight so early. She continued the “tour” on a bench outside the sight telling us interesting facts about Knossos. Lots of people came afterwards trying to get in, but doors were closed.
Written October 10, 2021
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Keith J
London, UK31 contributions
Missed opportunity
Oct 2021
A terrible missed opportunity. As there is no visitor centre and the signage is very pedestrian you don't really know what you are looking at other than a series of large walls. All the good stuff is to be seen at the archeological museum in Heraklion What a shame.
Written October 6, 2021
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GabrielArena
Uruguay14 contributions
Rather disappointing
Sep 2021
We are a family of four - husband and wife, two kids aged 17 and 16. My kids are really fond of Greek culture, especially my older son, so Greece had been in the bucket list for a while. So we finally did the trip and roamed around continental Greece in a motorhome for a couple of weeks, and our itinerary included archaeological sites like Delphi, Olympia, Epidaurus, Cape Sounion and, of course, Athens. We found that any of the sites we saw along the way were far more interesting and genuine than Knossos. To see how much of the site has been arbitrarily reconstructed by Sir Evans et al was a bummer. And on top of that, some of the most interesting parts, like the Queen’s Megaron, were closed off. So it ended up being just a one-hour walk around mostly ruins that looked like the hundreds of other ruins you can find every other block throughout Greece, except, maybe, for the colourful parts that looked like they had been painted last week – which wouldn’t surprise me. We appreciate the historical value of the place, but there is really very little to see from the original splendour of the Minoan civilization. We went to Crete for just a couple of days and this was the main reason, but we felt really disappointed. A visit to the museum should add to the experience, like other travellers said, but we didn’t have time for that this time. All in all, I wouldn’t say don’t visit it, but be warned that you might find it a bit fakeish.
Written October 2, 2021
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alex m
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Minoan palace
Sep 2021
the history of europe start from here!was unique expirience for me!Good energy and nice place!You must came!
Written October 2, 2021
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roseDerbyshire
New Mills, UK226 contributions
Do your research first
Oct 2021 • Friends
Visited here didn't realise the museum was in the town or would have visited first. Enjoyed the wander round the ruins read the information boards. If we had researched a bit better we would have got the audio tour for more information. Still a good day out.
Written October 1, 2021
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AnthonyandLesley
Market Harborough, UK22 contributions
Visit the museum first
Sep 2021
What an amazing site well worth a visit, but do yourselves a favour and visit the Knossos museum in the capitol city of Crete first. The site then makes your visit so much more enjoyable. Why the model of the Palace and grounds is not at Knossos I will never understand. But having visited the museum you will visit Knossos with so much more undertanding of what you are seeing. Just my view of course.
Written October 1, 2021
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