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“Interesting Site, but it's not Pompeii”

The Palace of Knossos
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Ancient Palace of Knossos Tour
Ranked #4 of 84 things to do in Heraklion
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Owner description: These labyrinthine ruins are said to have been home to the monstrous Minotaur, a half-man half-bull creature that devoured young virgins.
Reviewed February 16, 2013

It is definitely not on the scale of Pompeii, but it was still interesting. I was in Crete in October with a group of friends. We took the "hop on, hop off" tour bus around the island, and Knossos was one of the stops that we had heard was worth seeing. After paying our 6 euro entrance fees, our group of 6 was immediately approached by a very pushy tour guide who wanted to charge us 60 euros to take us around the site. Warning!!! - tour guides congregate around the entrance and hassle you to pay for them to guide you through the site. They try to sharge 100 - 120 euros or more, depending on your group size. They also tell you that you "need" a guide...but you really don't "need" a guide. Do not pay that much!! We turned her down and said that we wanted to walk around on our own. Then another guide approached us and offered to take us around for 50 euro, and we said no again. So he asked us how much we would pay, and we said 30 euro tops - 5 euro each. We struck a deal and started our tour. Our guide was knowledgable, but he had a heavy accent and kept talking about "the uses of oil - for eating, for heating for lighting"...over and over again for about an hour. At one point we sat down and i started to fall asleep listening to him! In hindsight, the palace grounds are well marked with signage and a visitor can walk around the site and make sense of the ruins without paying up to 100 euros for a guide. Also note that a few years back, someone thought that it was a good idea to try to "recreate" and "restore" the site partially, so the site has areas that have been compromised with paint, cement, etc. from the reconstructive efforts. I am 50/50 on whether or not to use a guide. I think that I really didn't care that we paid 5 euros each and the guide was just so-so. I would have been really upset if we paid more than that, though. Overall, this site was worth seeing.

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Reviewed February 15, 2013

Despite the hype it is not a patch on Pompei. The only real atttraction is the antiquity of the site and the amazing architecture for the time. Cost is 6 euro. Be prepared for high pressure from the guides. The palace is well signed and the visitor can walk around the site and make sense of the ruins without paying up to 100 euros for a guide. Unfortunately the integrity of the site has been clouded by the reconstructive efforts of Evans and others.

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Reviewed February 8, 2013

this is also on the day trip and its heaven all this art work did up and on display the size of the place and to see the trone room of the kink of knossos and this is were the bull of minatore was inslaved the half man have beast

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Reviewed February 8, 2013

Οbtain α guide and start your tour at the Palace of Knossos. Be enchanted by its beauty. It's incredible what ancient Cretans created. Highly reccomended.

Thank Pelazi
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

I went to visit Knossos for a second time with a gap of 25 years and i was lucky i could do it this time in the winter when no tourists are around. I was also a bit influenced with the criticism that the site was badly reconstructed by Evans. I was wrong! The palace is simply amazing!!

You can see the authentic ruins (mostly store rooms) and the reconstructed parts (Evans did a great job!!!!:-)))) and with the help of a good guide (i recommend you to spend the extra money and hire a private one rather than being in a group) one can dive into the sophistication of this unique civilization.

A visit afterwards to the Archaeological museum to see the real frescoes and the other artifacts is essential....

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