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“Most beautiful archaeological site on Crete”
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Gournia
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Owner description: An ancient town dating back over 3,500 years, excavated and restored to show visitors how common people lived in ancient Greece.
Austin, Texas
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Most beautiful archaeological site on Crete”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

One of the best (and least visited) archaeological sites on Crete. While all the poor sods are trodding around Sir Arthur Evans' dusty reconstruction, take a beautiful and illuminating stroll through a well preserved and only mildly reconstructed hilltop palace and city. Can't be beat for the views. Bring a sack lunch and a bottle of wine.

Visited January 2013
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ESSEX
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“Simply stunning”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

I found this more interesting than Knossos as it has not been altered in any way. You can walk the streets of the town and look into the houses and get a real feel of how the Minoans lived. The information boards are well done and in English which is helpful. The site is in a stunning setting with views along the coast, I really loved this place.

Visited October 2012
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Carlisle
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69 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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“Ancient Minoan town”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

no restoration, interesting signage, you can walk where you like. Use your imagination - a classic site. Recommended

Visited September 2012
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Sligo, Ireland
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Gournia Archaeological Site, Pachia Ammos, Irepetra, Crete”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

Gournia was first excavated in 1902, in my opinion the most interesting site in Crete. Gournia goes back it is thought 4000 years. Excavations are ongoing by the American Institute of Archaeology. Gournia is in a very beautifull tranquill area on the road between Istron and Pachia Ammos in North Eastern Crete. Well worth a visit.

Visited October 2012
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Baar, Switzerland
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“Fascinating Minoan City”
Reviewed September 18, 2012

This site includes a large area of houses where ordinary people lived, in addition to the usual palace structures. It gave a much fuller idea of what Minoan life might have been like.

Visited September 2012
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6 Thank Sally G
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