Palace of Knossos

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Heraklion 71409
Knosos, Greece
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Homer mentions Knossos in his writings of The Odessy. The palace of Knossos was owned by King Minos, of the Minoan empire in Greece. When discovered by Sir Arthur Evans in 1900, the ruins covered about six acres of land. The palace had a central court, but was otherwise very complex. It is often rumored to be the Minotaur's Labyrinth of Greek legend due to its immense size and complexity. It contains hundreds of guest rooms, a number of royal chambers, a throne room, a large theatre and service areas and is very imppressive.
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It can be most easily accessed with a tour group, usually leaving the capital Iraklio. It can be reached if you drive individually, but the roads are long and winding, and sometimes confusing through the beautiful Crete countryside.
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First To Review: Ryan M.
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Jan 11, 2009
This was a fantastic historical site. It is best experienced with a tour guide who can share all of the site's historical significance, such as the tale of the Minotaur's Labyrinth and the Minoan Empire. The Theater courtyard is extremely impressive against the gently sloping hills in the background. You will no doubt see peacocks, cats and other animals roaming the ruins at their leisure.
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Mar 29, 2009
If you like greek mithology it's a place you've gotta see. If you belive Minos really lived there it's a mystic expirience to be there. Well it could be... if not for the turists. Lot's of ruins, but you can tell apart chambers and some frescos are left. You can also see a road which is belived to be the first BRICK road in Greece.
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Jun 3, 2010
It's a mythical place and a must-see! The ancient frescoes are amazing. It is a pity they had to put grills and gates so you can't actually see everything up close, but it is of course a tourist location and you probably wouldn't be able to visit it anymore without those gates and grills because it wouldn't be there anymore.
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May 20, 2010
Great place with amazing frescoes, but pretty crowded and one never knows what was originally there and what Evan's wife decided to paint anew :P
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Sep 2, 2010
There is not much left from the initial minoan palace. However, a few nice frescoes, ...and some peacocks in the archeological site. :)
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