The Palace of Knossos
The Palace of Knossos
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Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
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These labyrinthine ruins are said to have been home to the monstrous Minotaur, a half-man half-bull creature that devoured young virgins.
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Mohamed B
7 contributions
Jan 2023
Knossos is a mythical palace complex located just outside of Heraklion, the capital of Crete. This important archaeological site is believed to have been the center of Minoan civilization, and it is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. Visitors can explore the extensive ruins of the palace, including impressive frescoes and intricate mosaics, and learn about the fascinating history of this ancient civilization. The site is well-preserved and offers a unique glimpse into the daily life of the Minoans. Whether you are an archaeology enthusiast or simply interested in history, Knossos is a must-visit destination that offers a unique and unforgettable experience.
Written 31 January 2023
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mel
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Jan 2023 • Family
Very disappointing. Totally overated. There r more interesting and authentic ruins in Crete. I certainly wouldn’t recommend
Written 20 January 2023
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Meg.thesunsetlover
Hannover, Germany7 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
Definitely an extremely historically important and interesting sight, but there are a couple of things one needs to be prepared for before visiting.
1 - If you are planning to visit during the summer season, be prepared for the place to be fully packed, with long lines to enter certain chaimbers.
2 - Bring all kinds of sun protection and water. It is an open area with almost no shade.
3 - Combine the trip with going to the Knossos museum in Heraklion. Without it, you’re seeing only half of the show.
4 - Last but definitely not least - GO WITH A GUIDE
As people who prefer solo trips over guided tours, we were very glad to be going with a guide this time. As the sight is mostly ruins, your eperience dependes greatly on your imagination. Well informed person who can accurately describe the picture is therefore a key element.
Written 13 December 2022
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antracyt
15 contributions
Oct 2022
A place so famous that it does not need to be recommended. I like ancient history so Knossos was my dream. The rooms were not large. I was wondering what it was really used for. Was there a ruler in the throne room? Or just his dead body? The palace had no defensive walls and the frescoes do not depict battles, but processions, sports, flowers, animals and people. A palace for the afterlife?
Written 6 December 2022
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KarenM1_10
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan811 contributions
Jul 2022
We visited the Palace (city) and Museum with a tour from our cruise ship. Our guide was Catherine, and she was excellent. She is an archaeologist and was therefore knowledgeable about the site and had much insight to share. There is a lot of walking and not much shade, so wear sunscreen and bring a hat if you tour the ruins in the summer. At the Palace, there are some structures still standing and we saw excavations taking place in some areas. The Museum was very interesting and contained several artifacts from the Palace. The Museum is located near a main square with plenty of shops and restaurants. It was about a 15-minute walk back to the cruise port.
Written 24 November 2022
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Marina B
Frankfurt, Germany12 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Definitely something to visit while you are in Crete ! The site is well organise and the ruines are well conserved. It’s the oldest ruined in Crete you will ever see.
Written 17 November 2022
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Caroline H
Dorchester, UK28 contributions
Sep 2022 • Solo
I came here with a tour group and I’m sure under other circumstances it would be wonderful but it wasn’t the best experience due to the crowds.

Queuing for tickets was a bit of a free-for-all, only somewhat saved by our tour leader who encouraged us to keep pushing forwards as the crowds increased into more of a throng. Why the tickets cannot be bought in advance, particularly when you are on an organised excursion is beyond me.

Knossos palace itself is very interesting and impressive but again the sheer number of people make it hard to enjoy it fully. There is a throne room that we queued an extra 30 minutes in the hot sun to walk through in single file was fully was not worth it. Maybe worth a five minute wait but not 30.

Be warned there is almost no shade once you enter!

I highly recommend visiting this amazing site outside of peak season!
Written 14 November 2022
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Steve
6 contributions
Nov 2022
An interesting place to spend a couple of hours but we were disappointed that quite a bit of the site was closed off when we were there.

As other people have said, it's unfortunate that some parts have been rebuilt so you never know what is original and what is a reconstruction. Still worth a visit though.
Written 13 November 2022
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Maggie
Fintry, UK5 contributions
Oct 2022
Don’t me so it. Fascinating and awe inspiring. For a more imaginative visit, read Ariadne by Jennifer Saint just prior to visiting.
Written 13 November 2022
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Rayco Gª PERDOMO
Valencia, Spain13 contributions
Nov 2022
We went on 1st month sunday (free then) and 45 minutes later they sent us out because of the bad weather (a Black cloud on the horizon). Apparently someone died on 2016 smashed by a tree who was hit by a lighning. So, at 10:45 they set everyone out because of that! No one was allowed to come in for the rest of the day! People just came and went away...
We had the chance to go to days later (not as the hundreds of people who probably didn't had much time in Crete) and we paid our 8€ ticket to realize that the part of the palace we hadn't seen by then was closed due to conservation works.
Nevertheless a good and cheap place to hace lunch.
Written 8 November 2022
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