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M. Irakleio CreteSights: The Palace of Knossos



The Minoic palace of Knossos lies 5km southeast of the city of Iraklion and is the most important sample of the Minoic Civilization, which reached its peak from 1700 BC to 1450 AC. Tradition has it that that is where king Minoa lived and there are also many legends connected to the Knossos Palace, like the one of the Minotaur Labyrinth and the story of Daedal and Ikarus. Knossos is one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Greece, since it used to be the centre of one of the greatest civilizations of the ancient world. Through the excavations the mythology and history of Knossos comes to life and unravel the story of the Minoic sea-ruling people, named after their king Minoa.

Thousands of visitors from all over the world come to Knossos every year, in order to see the archaeological findings with their own eyes. There also multilingual tour guides at the visitors’ service in order to accompany them throughout the site and explain them all historical facts.


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