Knossos Palace Archeological Museum (Ex Heraklion Town)
Including: English Speaking driver, Private Car/Mini Van.
The Palace of Knossos was the monumental symbol of Minoan civilization and culture, due to its construction, use of luxury materials, architectural plan, advanced building techniques and impressive size. It was built gradually between 1700 and 1400 BC, and was discovered in 1878 by Minos Kalokerinos and excavated by Sir Arthur Evans in 1900.The intricate Palace of King Minos slowly unfolds before you, a labyrinth of 1200 rooms at the center of which is an enormous courtyard. The corridors and rooms are lined with beautiful frescoes, many of which have been restored to their former beauty. You will see the Corridor of the Procession, the Horns of Consecration, the Queen’s Boudoir (complete with one of the earliest known flushing toilet systems) and you will hear the Legend of the Minotaur and the Bull Dancers. The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is one of the largest and most important museums in Greece, and among the most important museums in Europe. It houses representative artifacts from all the periods of Cretan prehistory and history, covering a chronological span of over 5,500 years from the Neolithic period to Roman times. The singularly important Minoan collection contains unique examples of Minoan art, many of them true masterpieces. The Heraklion Museum is rightly considered as the museum of Minoan culture par excellence worldwide.