The Palace of Knossos is located 5 km southeast of the city of Heraklion, on the Kephala Hill. In fact, it is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site in Crete.
How Our Adventure Began
Every traveler has their own share of mishaps and funny stories during their travel adventures. Consequently, we try to learn from each one of them and also hope that they will never happen again. One of those unexpected scenarios, happened to us at the entrance of the Palace of Knossos.
Unluckily, when we arrived here around 9 a.m, the queue to get in was horrendous.
It was unfortunate that we couldn’t buy tickets online. This is because the tickets are only available at the ticket office located at the entrance of the Palace of Knossos.
After queuing for some time, we finally bought the combined tickets to the Palace of Knossos and the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion.
On a positive note, contrary to the majority of museums, the Greek museums don’t charge the minors.
A Short History Of The Palace Of Knossos
Palace of Knossos was a political and ceremonial center of the Minoan civilization and culture. It was a building covering an area of 20.000 square meters.
The impressive features of Palace of Knossos, were the variety of building materials used, the painted plaster, marble revetment and wall paintings adorning the rooms and passages.
The Viewing Of The Ancient Ruins
Indeed, the Palace of Knossos has been substantially and imaginatively “rebuilt,” making the site accessible to the tourists. The following are some of the outstanding points that I noted while viewing the ancient ruins of the Palace of Knossos:
- The advanced level of technology attained by the Minoans is well demonstrated by some original architectural and structural features such as the use of beams to reinforce the masonry and the complex drainage and water supply systems.
- There are plaques with allot of information in both English and Greek. This makes it easier for the tourists to explore the Palace without the help of the guide.
- The Palace of Knossos has been well maintained and it has been good to revive the myth of the labyrinth and the Minoans.
- The area around of the Palace of Knossos is very impressive.
- On the negative side though, I found it a little bit difficult to distinguish what was preserved from the ancient times and what has been renovated by Arthur Evans, who discovered the palace.
A Note To Remember
Last but not Least, the numerous findings from the palace such as art, pottery, vessels, figurines, and the original wall-paintings, are all housed in Archaeological Museum of Heraklion.
Wrapping It Up
Certainly, we really enjoyed exploring the Palace of Knossos despite our unlucky start and I don’t think you can miss out on this one while in Crete.
- Get there early to avoid the queue
- The site is large and there are uneven surfaces
- The parking is free and near the premise
- There is a restaurant
- Wear comfortable shoes
A Travel Quote …
“The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.”― L.P. Hartley
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