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: Aghios Nikolaos (Crete)  Go
 
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Aghios Nikolaos (Crete)


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Excursion 2: The Palace of Knossos
Tour Code: AYI-002
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 4 hours)

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Forty-five miles west of cosmopolitan Aghios Nikolaos lies one of Crete's finest archaeological sites, "Knossos," the ancient capital of the great King Minos. The original palace of Knossos was constructed around 1900 B.C., but a few hundred years later, an earthquake destroyed it. In its place, another palace was rebuilt on an even grander scale. In 1900, its remains were excavated and some of the sections were painstakingly restored. The present palace consists of four wings, spread out from a central court, a complex that once served as the administrative and religious center for the whole region. As you tour the labyrinthine site, you will see the royal living quarters, rooms where state occasions were held, a theater area, store rooms and potters' workshops. Although the restoration, undertaken by Sir Arthur Evans, was controversial at the time, it offers great insight into the complexity of Minoan life nearly 4,000 years ago.

Following your visit, you will transfer back to the pier where your tour concludes.

Please note: This tour involves approximately 2 hours of walking over uneven pavement and grounds. There is also considerable climbing and/or steps and is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns.

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