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“Knossos”

Knossos Archaeological Site
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Knossos Palace and Heraklion Town Private Half-Day Tour
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Ancient Palace of Knossos Tour
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Owner description: Knosos Archaeological site 12km south of Heraklion
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We had a tour guide who rushed through things in multiple languages when we would have like to have taken it at our own pace - we seemed to be on a timer. Knossos itself though was beautfiful and fascinating and well worth the visit.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

You have to go and you probably want to go too. Knossos is a mandatory stop when visiting Crete.

I love history and I can visit hundreds of places like this and never get tired of it. Knossos has a lot of interesting history, but if you are a fan if definite answers, you may have to brace yourself.
When it comes to history, the older it is the less we know. This is old! Some questions are answered and some not. Some raises new questions instead. There is a lot of “we think” and “it may have” and “probably this or maybe that”.

Sometimes you wish you had a time machine. For this site specifically both so you could make stops a selected points in history to see what went on here, but also so you could go back and give Arthur Evans a lesson in modern archaeology. I’m sure he meant well, but his attempts to recreate the past does more damage than good if you ask me. It’s a shame.

It’s also a shame the place is a bit too crowded. If it wasn’t such an important historical site, it could easily swing more towards being a tourist trap.

You can take a guided tour, but I’m not sure what to go for here? I listened in on a few guides here and there, and they seem to have different views, ideas and theories on what went on here and on Evans.
I’m not sure the guided tours are worth the money and I get a feeling it’s hit and miss with the quality of the guide.
Do a little reading beforehand and you’re good to go on your own, maybe allowing yourself to eavesdrop a bit on the guided tours.

Also, get there early, on a busy day the lines can be really long.

1  Thank Michael P
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

We took a fantastic guide who made you go back in time. Children were fascinated about litle stories. He took the time to explain, to les us discover , make pictures,it gave us another idea about the archeological site. I advise everybody to take a guide adults 10€, children free

1  Thank Mke1966
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

history buffs will agree well worth the trip!!!,absolutely awesome, lots of history here. i strongley urge you to get a guide tho, this way you know whats going on

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Don't worry if you miss this site. It is highly over-rated. Most of what is on view is reconstructions and guesswork. The frescoes are all replicas with the originals stored in Heraklion Archaeological Museum. And both the replicas and the originals in the museum suffer from the fact that only very small fragments were actually found, and the pictures we now see are 90 percent or more guesswork. Furthermore, as we visited last week, some major parts of the site were closed for renovation. If given a choice, pick the Archaeological Museum in nearby Heraklion.

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