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Things to do in Heraklion – Crete – Greece.

Things to do in Heraklion - Crete - Greece.

Things to do in Heraklion – Crete – Greece.

Heraklion city Walking and Tasting Tour, Heraklion, Cultural Tours

Heraklion city Walking and Tasting Tour

Heraklion city Walking and Tasting Tour

Explore the Historical city centre of Heraklion and Capital of Crete! The 7th labour of Hercules was performed here, the birthplace of El Greco and Nikos …  More info

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

From EUR 89.00

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The Gourmet Wine Tour of Heraklion, Heraklion, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

The Gourmet Wine Tour of Heraklion
The Gourmet Wine Tour of Heraklion

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This Oenotourism activity is perfect for the wine lover however it is not necessary to be a wine expert to appreciate and enjoy the day! In a small and …  More info

 Duration: 8 hours

From EUR 100.00

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 Heraklion Walking City Tour Including Cretan Treat, Heraklion, City Tours

Heraklion Walking City Tour Including Cretan Treats
Heraklion Walking City Tour Including Cretan Treats

Amazing 3 hours walking tour in the largest town of Crete, Venetian & Ottoman Heraklion or Iraklion, to discover it’s history, finest hidden gems. The …  More info

Duration: 3 hours

From EUR 35.00

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 Exploring Heraklion and its Villages, Heraklion, Cultural Tours

Exploring Heraklion and its Villages
Exploring Heraklion and its Villages

Sightsee around the scenic villages of Crete  Choose an itinerary tailored to your interests and specifications  Zero hassle! Your personal guide will …  More info

 Duration: 5 to 6 hrs

From EUR 480.00

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Heraklion Food and Wine Tour, Heraklion, Food Tours

Heraklion Food and Wine Tour
Heraklion Food and Wine Tour

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Crete is a foodie paradise, and Heraklion is the capital. On this 3-hour tour with a guide, experience the city like a local and explore the neighbourhoods…  More info

Duration: 3 hours

From EUR 92.00

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 Private Tour: Ancient Palace of Knossos, Heraklion Archaeological Museum and City Tour

Private Tour: Ancient Palace of Knossos, Heraklion Archaeological Museum and City Tour
Private Tour: Ancient Palace of Knossos, Heraklion Archaeological Museum and City Tour

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Delve into ancient Minoan legends and Greek folklore on a private 4-hour tour of the Palace of Knossos and Heraklion Archaeological Museum. With your very own …  More info

 Duration: 4 hours

From EUR 186.66

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Heraklion Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, Heraklion, Hop-on Hop-off Tours

Heraklion Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Heraklion Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Discover the sights of Heraklion on this fun, open-top hop-on-hop-off bus tour. Admire panoramic views of top Heraklion attractions and hop on and off at any …  More info

Duration: 1 day

From EUR 15.00

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 Full-Day Land Rover Safari from Heraklion with Lunch, Heraklion, Cultural Tours

Full-Day Land Rover Safari from Heraklion with Lunch
Full-Day Land Rover Safari from Heraklion with Lunch

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Join this 8-hour guided excursion through the Cretan mountains and discover the wonders of the Minoan Route. Stop at historic sites including an ancient Roman …  More info

 Duration: 8 hours

From EUR 82.00

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 Aposelemis Gorge Walk in Crete, Heraklion, Walking Tours

Aposelemis Gorge Walk in Crete
Aposelemis Gorge Walk in Crete

Gorge walking on Crete, Greece. Explore the Aposelemis gorge near Heraklion with a local guide. More info

Duration: 6 hours

From EUR 55.00

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Ancient Palace of Knossos Tour, Heraklion, Half-day Tours

Ancient Palace of Knossos Tour

Ancient Palace of Knossos Tour

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Explore the Minoan Palace of Knossos and the nearby city of Heraklion on a 5-hour Crete tour! With an expert local guide, walk around the ruins and excavations …  More info

 Duration: 5 hours 30 min.

From EUR 51.17

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 Full Day Tour to Samaria Gorge, Heraklion, Bus & Minivan Tours

Full Day Tour to Samaria Gorge
Full Day Tour to Samaria Gorge

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Enjoy this excursion to the prized national forest of Crete, the Samaria Gorge – the longest and most beautiful gorge in Europe. More info

 Duration: 16 hours

From EUR 71.09

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 Acqua Plus Water Park Entrance Ticket with Transport, Heraklion, Water Parks

Acqua Plus Water Park Entrance Ticket with Transport
Acqua Plus Water Park Entrance Ticket with Transport

ACQUA PLUS is by far the most popular water park on the island of Crete, for twenty years now it offers great fun and good service to more than 100000 …  More info

 Duration: 7 hours

From EUR 52.00

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Knossos Palace Heraklion – Crete – Greece

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Knossos Palace Heraklion.

Knossos Palace Heraklion - Crete - Greece @ ilovecrete.gr
Knossos Palace Heraklion – Crete – Greece

Knossos Palace was the centre of Minoan civilisation and capital of Minoan Crete lay 5km south of Heraklion.

Knossos flourished for approximately two thousand years. It had large palace buildings, extensive workshop installations and luxurious rock-cut cave and tholos tombs. As a major centre of trade and the economy, Knossos maintained ties with the majority of cities in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Wealth accumulation and the advancement of an urban lifestyle were the hallmarks of this zenith, which began circa 2000 BC and was typified by magnificent monumental buildings and a complex social structure.

The Minoan palace is the main site of interest at Knossos, an important city in antiquity, which was inhabited continuously from the Neolithic period until the 5th c. AD. The palace was built on the Kephala hill and had easy access to the sea and the Cretan interior. According to tradition, it was the seat of the wise king Minos. The Palace of Knossos is connected with thrilling legends, such as the myth of the Labyrinth, with the Minotaur, and the story of Daidalos and Ikaros.

 The first excavation of the site was conducted in 1878 by Minos Kalokerinos of Herakleion. This was followed by the long-term excavations 1900-1913 and 1922-1930) of the Englishman Sir Arthur Evans, who uncovered virtually the entire palace.

The earliest traces of inhabitation in the area of the palace go back to the Neolithic period (7000-3000) BC). The site continued to be occupied in the Pre-palatial period (3000-1900 BC), at the end of which the area was levelled for the erection of a large palace. This first palace was destroyed, probably by an earthquake, about 1700 BC. A second, larger palace was built on the ruins of the old one. This was partially destroyed about 1450BC, after which the Mycenaeans established themselves at Knossos.The palace was finally destroyed about 1350 BC by a major conflagration. The site it covered was occupied again from the Late Mycenaean period until Roman times. Extensive reconstruction of the Palace of Knossos was carried out by the excavator, Sir Arthur Evans.

Knossos Palace Heraklion - Crete - Greece @ ilovecrete.gr
Knossos Palace Heraklion – Crete – Greece @ ilovecrete.gr

It was a multi-storey building covering an area of 20.000 square meters. Impressive features of it are the variety of building materials used, and the painted plaster, marble revetment and wall-paintings adorning the rooms and passages. The advanced level of technology attained by the Minoans is also demonstrated by some original architectural and structural features, such as the light -wells and polythyra, the use of beams to reinforce the masonry, and the complex drainage and water-supply systems.

The palace is set around a large Central Court, an area used for public meetings. A second courtyard, the West Court, acted both as the official approach to the palace and a ceremonial area.

The west wing was occupied by the official rooms for administrative and religious activities, including the Tripartite Shrine, the Sacred Repositories and the Pillar Crypts. The Throne Room is outstanding amongst them, with its lustral basin and the gypsum throne flanked by benches. The most important areas in the south wing are the South Propylon, the Corridor of the Procession and the South Entrance, with the fresco of the Prince of the Lilies. The east wing contained the residential quarters and large reception rooms, the most important being the Hall of the Double Axes and the Queen’s Hall. These rooms are approached by the imposing Grand Staircase.

Knossos Palace Heraklion - Crete - Greece @ ilovecrete.gr
Knossos Palace Heraklion – Crete – Greece @ ilovecrete.gr

From the North Entrance, a road led to the harbour of Knossos. The North Entrance is flanked by elevated stores, the one at the west being decorated with the Bull Hunt fresco.

A large, stone-paved processional way, the Royal Road, led from the Small Palace and the city to the North-west corner of the palace, where there was an open-air theatre area.

Around the palace extended the Minoan settlement, with the cemeteries on the hills. Important buildings from this same period include the South House, the House of their Chancel Screen, the Small Palace, the Caravanserai, the Royal Villa and the Temple-Tomb. The Villa Dionysos with its floor mosaics (2nd c/. AD) is an important building of the Roman period.

Wooden model of Knossos
Wooden model of Knossos

The numerous finds from the palace, all of the exceptionally high-quality art, pottery, vessels, figurines, the archive of Linear B tablets, and the original wall-paintings, are all housed in Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

When you visited the Archaeological Museum or Knossos then ask for a combi ticket the ticket price for Knossos or the Museum is 15 Euro each for 2018. If you ask for a combi ticket that costs you one time 16 Euro you can visit both museums.

 

Visit the page of Knossos at a city through the ages

 

Panorama view of Knossos Palace
Panorama view of Knossos Palace

 

After all the Dust at Knossos its time for wine. Next to the entrance of Knossos Palace is a perfect little taverna for bubbels.
After all the Dust at Knossos its time for wine. Next to the entrance of Knossos Palace is a perfect little taverna for bubbels.

Text copied from the website of the municipality of Heraklion Crete – Greece.

During our stay in Heraklion, we stayed at GDM Megaron Hotel and the Aquila Atlantis Hotel.



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