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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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  • Very disappointing experience. Perhaps if you pay extra for a guide it might be more fulfilling. Signage is dated and sparse. Gangways are knackered posts and rope. We visited the Museum in... 
    Very disappointing experience. Perhaps if you pay extra for a guide it might be more fulfilling. Signage is dated and sparse. Gangways are knackered posts and rope. We visited the Museum in...  more »
  • The total area is surprisingly small. Much smaller than say the historic site of Olympia. Nevertheless, it gives good insight into the beginnings of our western civilization. Going through the ruins.....  more
    The total area is surprisingly small. Much smaller than say the historic site of Olympia. Nevertheless, it gives good insight into the beginnings of our western civilization. Going through the ruins.....  more »

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