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Ancient City of Phaistos

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Address: Epar.Od. Faistou - Kalon Limenon, Sivas, Crete 702 00, Greece
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+30 2892 042315

The ruins of an ancient Minoan palace, popular among tourists.

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More scientific Minoan site as Knossos

This is the place, where the famous Phaistos disc has been unearthed. While Knossos is the more Hollywood-style, might-be "restauration" of Minoan culture, this sight is much... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 January 2017
Bangkok, Thailand
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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

This is the place, where the famous Phaistos disc has been unearthed. While Knossos is the more Hollywood-style, might-be "restauration" of Minoan culture, this sight is much closer to the truth. After a 90 minutes ride through rural Crete, we found an excellent sight, which superceeded our expectations. Definitely worth going here.

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Mires, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

If you are curious to see where the Discus of Phaistos where found and what these symbols mean and discover the ancient Minoan civilisation,then it is worth to visit the ancient city of Phaistos. The minoan had running water 4000 years ago and where very civilized where the woman was respected and was equal to the man. The palce is... More 

1 Thank Emmanuel K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

Went to this site for a university trip. The site is well managed with a fantastic gift shop but the best thing about this site is the cat pack that followed us around soliciting pets from all of us. Made the site that much cuter. The site itself on a good fine day gives excellent views across the Messara plains... More 

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Phaestos is about 62 km from Heraklion and has wonderful archaeological sites; the palace of Phaestos is from the same period as Knossos and disappear at the same time; there are no reconstructed columns as in Knossos; Phaestos is different; there are a breathe of holy solemnity and a real harmony with the countryside; The atmosphere seems that solemn celebrations... More 

2 Thank Manuela L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

We actually preferred this ancient site to the experience we had at Knossos. The only slightly disappointing thing was that much of the lower area was closed off to the public. I do understand the reasons why, and might well return in future years to explore it further. As with many Cretan sites, all artefacts have been removed to the... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Has food,shop and clean bathrooms. Site interesting with nice views. Do not depend on the busses for this trip. They are few and far between and sometimes see you but refuse to stop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

After the imaginative reconstruction of Knossos it was refreshing to see Phaistos and in some ways it gives a better impression of how grand the site once was. Sufficient information boards to read as you walk around and adequate facilities (cafe, shop & toilets).

Thank Toby C
Andover, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

On a week's archaeology tour this was my favourite site. The setting, on top of a hill, is dramatic and the ruins are extensive, but easy to understand. There are well preserved royal apartments, many storage areas and cult rooms. Both older and more recent ruins can also be seen, showing how people continued to build in the same place.... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

A must-visit in Crete, just south-west of Heraklion, near the southerrn resort coast. Large, well-maintained site. Many of the artifacts can be seen in Heraklion's museum. One can imagine the streets teeming with life and citizens moving among the stone structures. Nice high position overlooking the fields and sea to the west.

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Brussels, Belgium
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Everything is in the title... Besides the beautiful landscape there's really nothing to see except for a few half broken walls of stones. Even the comments were not that good. The visit is not cheap. If you want to learn something, go to the archeological museum of Heraklion

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