The Palace of Knossos, Knosos

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Built over a Neolithic town, The Palace of Knossos represented the ceremonial and political center of Minoan civilization on Crete. English archaeologist Arthur Evans made his name by working on the excavation and partial restoration of this ancient palace for over three decades, beginning in 1900. The palace complex contains a maze of living spaces, workshops, banquet halls, shrines, and storerooms, built around a central square sometime between 2000 and 1350 BCE. To gain a glimpse into the wealth and sophistication of the Minoan culture, hop on a bus in nearby Heraklion and join a guided tour of the palace's labyrinthine corridors, so vast they gave rise to the popular legend of King Minos and the Minotaur. To plan Knosos vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.
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  • The ruins are interesting to see, but due to the fact large parts were rebuilt its often hard to tell if you are looking at original or reconstruction. The information is all very much about the...  more »
  • An extraordinary site for the history of humankind, a must-visit for all. Local Heraklionite Ms. Lina Kogaki was our guide, and was absolutely impeccable in her tour of both the primary site and the.....  more »

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