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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

    Museum/Gallery

    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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