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  • 1. Palace of Knossos

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    This most amazing of archaeological sites once lay hidden beneath a huge mound hemmed in by low hills. Heinrich Schliemann, father of archaeology...Read More

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  • 2. Palace of Phaistos

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The Palace of Phaistos was built around 1900 BC and rebuilt after a disastrous earthquake around 1650 BC. It was burned and abandoned in the...Read More

  • 3. Ayia Triada

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Another Minoan settlement was destroyed at the same time as Phaistos, which is only a few miles away on the other side of the same hill. Ayia...Read More

  • 4. Cave of Psychro

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    This impressive, stalactite-rich cavern is one of a few places in Crete that claim to be the birthplace of Zeus, king of the gods, and where...Read More

  • 5. Kastelli hill

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The hill where the Venetians first settled rises above the east end of the harbor and it became the quarter of the local nobility. Their palaces...Read More

  • 6. Lato

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    This ancient city in the hills just above Ayios Nikolaos was built by the Doric Greeks in a dip between two rocky peaks and named for the mother...Read More

  • 7. Museum of Ancient Eleutherna


    In the foothills of Mt. Ida, Eleutherna was founded in the 9th century BC. It was one of the most important ancient cities, even minting its...Read More

  • 8. Olous

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    A sunken, ancient city is visible just beneath the turquoise waters off a causeway that leads to the Spinalonga Peninsula (not to be confused...Read More

  • 9. Palace of Malia

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Like the palaces of Knossos and Phaistos, the Palace of Malia was built around 1900 BC; it was less sophisticated both in architecture and decoration...Read More

  • 10. Palaikastro

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    A sprawling Minoan town, formerly known as Roussolakkos, is currently being excavated by archaeologists. Palaikastro is missing any Knossos...Read More

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