Discover the home to the land that gave birth to the first civilization of Europe, the Minoans, in a tour rich with history and mythology
|TOUR CODE NUMBER||CRE-KP|
|MEETING POINT||Nea Alikarnassos main road. (35°19’59.9″N 25°09’30.6″E) google maps.
Note: Please be at the meeting point at 09:00 AM
|TOUR DURATION||Half Day|
|TRANSPORTATION SERVICE||Coaching bus|
|SERVICES & FACILITIES||Audio Wireless Device|
|ENTRANCE FEES||Knossos & Museum combined ticket included|
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|OPERATION DATES||Apr-Oct: Every Tuesday & Friday|
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Knossos Palace & Archaelogical Museum
The ancient city of Knossos, with constant habitation from the Neolithic era until the 5th century A.D., is beyond doubt the land that “gave birth” to the first civilization of Europe, the Minoans.
Knossos was inhabited for several thousand years, beginning with a neolithic settlement sometime in the seventh millennium BC, and was abandoned after its destruction in 1375 BC which marked the end of Minoan civilization.
According to Greek mythology, the palace was designed by famed architect Dedalos with such complexity that no one placed in it could ever find its exit. King Minos who commissioned the palace then kept the architect prisoner to ensure that he would not reveal the palace plan to anyone.
The first excavations were begun in 1878 by the Heraklian Minos Kalokairinos. A bit later (1900-1913 & 1922-1930) the excavations by the British Sir Arthur Evans were to complete the scientific research, bringing to light the Minoan palace in its entirety, which was, according to tradition, the residence of the wise King Minos.
The palace of Knossos spreads around the large Central Court. You will reach the awe-inspiring Throne Room, the fresco of the “Prince of the Lilies”, the imposing Grand Staircase, the Queen’s Megaron in the east.
Walking through the apartments of the Knossos palace and observing the finds even as passers-by, you will feel part of this cultural heritage.
Our next stop will be at the Archaeological Museum of the city. Through the exhibits of the Museum, the history of Cretan culture will unfold and be visualized before you.