The palace of Knossos is the most known and fabulous archaeological site of Heraklion and perhaps of all Crete! For many tourists around the world visiting the palace of Knossos is the main reason to come to Crete in the first place.
The palace of Knossos was built during the Bronze Age by the Minoan civilization over the remains of a Neolithic settlement.
The palace took it’s name after the city of Knossos which was the largest city of the time and also the administrative center of the Minoan civilization.
According to the legend, King Minos lived in the palace of Knossos. He had Daedalus construct a labyrinth in which to retain his son, the Minotaur.
The palace of Knossos was abandoned at the end of the Bronze Age probably because of many natural disasters that lead to the decline of the major civilization of the time.
The excavation that lead to the discovery of the palace was made by Sir Arthur Evans an English archaeologist. The excavation began in 1900 and continued for 35 years, during that time the palace was excavated and partially restored.
The palace is less than half an hour for the city of Heraklion, book your car from autohire and explore the amazing Knossos!