Knossos





Knossos lies a few kilometres off the islandís capital, Iraklio. It is the most important of all the islandís archaeological sites, and has been world famous since its discovery at the end of the 19th century. The costly excavations by Sir Arthur Evans at the beginning of the 20th century even involved rebuilding areas of the palace - modern-day archaeologists regard this as a monumental blunder, since the recreated areas of the palace only reflect Sir Arthur Evansí vision of Knossos. Many visitors to Knossos find these recreated parts of the palace the most interesting to look at. As a layman, thereís far more of interest at Knossos than in the other three Minoan palaces (Phaistos, Malia and Kato Zakros)
Knossos is easily reached from the Iraklioís bus station. Simply take bus number 2 (which runs 3-5 times an hour) until it reaches its final stop: Knossos.

 

The ticket counter is behind the station building, with the next bus to Knossos usually waiting beside it. In 2008 the bus was Ä1.15 one-way. The entrance fee for Knossos is Ä6 (free entrance for students and those under 16). The tavernas and shops around the palace are expensive and low-quality. How many hours you spend here depends on your interest in archaeology, your imagination and knowledge of the history of this palace. In the summer of 2007 buses ran daily from 8am through to 7pm; in winter this was scaled back to 8am to 5pm.

Because I am not an archaeological expert, I refer readers to the following article from Wikipedia: Knossos Wikipedia

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