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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. Archaeological Museum


    Here's even more evidence of just how long Crete has cradled civilizations: a collection of bone tools from a Neolithic site at Gerani (west...Read More

  • 3. Arkadi Monastery

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A place of pilgrimage for many Cretans, Moni Arkadi is also one of the most stunning pieces of Renaissance architecture on the island. The ornate...Read More

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Historical and Folk Art Museum


    A restored Venetian palazzo almost in the shadow of the Neratze minaret houses a delightful collection of rustic furnishings, tools, weavings...Read More

  • 6. Koules

    Military Site

    Heraklion's inner harbor, where fishing boats land their catch and yachts are moored, is dominated by this massive fortress so named by the...Read More

  • 7. Martinengo Bastion


    Six bastions shaped like arrowheads jut out from the well-preserved Venetian walls. Martinengo is the largest, designed by Micheli Sanmicheli...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Ta Liontaria


    The Lions," a stately marble Renaissance fountain, remains a beloved town landmark. It's the heart of Heraklion's town center—on Eleftheriou...Read More

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