The Minoan Civilization, one of the most illustrious civilizations in human history, was centred most prominently at Knossos. The largest and most typical archaeological site ever found in Crete is the famed ancient city with the palace. The magnificent Minoan palace of Knossos was built across a space of 22,000 square metres in two parts between 1900 and 1700 B.C. It resides 6 kilometres southeast of Heraklion, between cypress trees, vineyards, and olive orchards.

It is believed that it served as the fabled ruler Minoa’s residence. In addition to being the home of the royal family, it served as the regional administrative and religious centre. Thrilling stories like the folklore of the Labyrinth and the Minotaur and the tale of Daedalus and Icarus are also associated with the Palace.

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