The Palace of Knossos
The Palace of Knossos is the most important archaeological site on the island. It is the oldest palace in Europe and the largest of the four Minoan palaces.
The palace was the administrative and religious centre of Minoan (Bronze Age) Crete. The legendary king of Knossos was Minos, son of Zeus and Europa. The palace, having 1,300 rooms and a surface of 22,000 m2, is the labyrinth of Greek Mythology.
A visit at the Palace will offer you the opportunity to discover the first advanced European civilization and to see the oldest throne in Europe, a prehistoric theatre, water-management systems, sophisticated ventilation technologies, huge storerooms, reconstructed buildings, frescoes, storage jars and sacred symbols.
The palace was initially build in 2,000 BCE and rebuild in 1,700 BCE. It was finally destroyed by fire. Its architectural techniques are truly unique: beams incorporated in the walls against the earthquakes, light wells for the ventilation, multi-storied buildings having timber columns, walls covered with polished alabaster.
The site, located in the outskirts of Heraklion, is one of the most popular ones in Greece and its visit is a must. Don’t miss the chance to visit one of the most important prehistoric sites in Europe.