Palace of Phaistos

On a steep hill overlooking olive groves and the sea on one side, and high mountain peaks on the other, the second-largest (and also second-greatest) Minoan palace was the center of Minoan culture in southern Crete. Unlike Knossos, Phaistos has not been reconstructed, though the copious ruins are richly evocative. Nearby is another palace, Ayia Triada.

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