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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  • Lost a star as the site is not practical for anyone with mobility issues - poor knees ankles etc. One of my group uses a stick and can be poor on his feet, especially on uneven ground. There are lots....  more »
  • We had this at the top of our priority list, despite being some distance away at the Chania end of the island and unfortunately came away disappointed. It took us just over 2 hours to get there so it....  more »

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