Duration: 4 hours
At first , we are going to visit Knossos. We will see the Minoan Palace which covered 20.000 square meters before it was destroyed. Especially interesting are the building materials such as the colored mortars , the wall paintings and the unprecedented architectural constructions. There are air shafts , supporting beams and the most complete sewage and water supply systems at that time.
The area was settled initially in the Neolithic period. At the end of the pre-Palatial period the first big palace was built , which was possibly destroyed by an earthquake in 1700 B.C. The second palace , parts of which are preserved to this day, was built on the remains of the old one. Around 1450 B.C. it was partly destroyed and the area was inhabited by Mycenaeans. It was destroyed once and for all in 1350 B.C. by a wildfire.
The findings of Knossos are on display at the Archeological Museum of Heraklion.
The Heraklion archeological museum is one of the most significant museums in Europe and one of the largest and most important in Greece.
It houses artifacts from all the periods of Cretan prehistory, from the Stone Age until the Roman times. The largest part of the exhibition
however comes from the Minoan times and , thus , it is considered the Minoan civilization museum.
It is built on a site previously occupied by the -now destroyed -Roman Catholic monastery of Saint-Francis (Netokratia) in the heart of Heraklion.
- 35,00 € (taxi 1-4 seats)
- 60,00 € (mini van 1-8 seats)