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  • 1 Archeological Museum of Iraklion Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 r. Xanthoudidou GR - 71202 Irákleio

    The Heraklion Archaeology Museum has an extraordinary collection of objects discovered on Crete's Minoan sites, and proves to be an excellent introduction to a visit here. There are some real masterpieces, revealing art of a great finesse. Don't miss..

  • 2 Knossós Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Knossos GR - 71410 Irákleio

    Its courtyards, corridors, rooms and stairways excavated and partly reconstructed by Sir Arthur Evans, Knossos is the most important Minoan palace; this is also Greece's earliest city. Among this labyrinth of ruins, note the: sanctuary on the west si..

  • 3 Knossós: Royal Apartments Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Knossos GR - 71410 Irákleio

    The royal apartments occupied four floors hewn out of the hillside above the river. Light wells let in light and enabled air to circulate. A stairway leads to the living quarters, which are linked by a network of passages and corridors. An openwork p..

  • 4 Heraklion's Venetian Harbour Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    GR - 712 02 Irákleio

    The arsenals of the old Venetian harbour, of which three arches remain, stand to the west of the modern port. Their scale gives an idea of the naval activity that reigned here from the 14C. At the far end of the jetty lined with colourful fishing boa..

  • 5 Church of St Catherine, Heraklion

    Religious buildings

    GR - 712 01 Irákleio

    In the 16C and 17C, Church Agia Ekaterini housed a study centre for the arts, literature and sciences, which was the origin of the Cretan School of painting. It boasts a fine body of 13C and 14C paintings, as well as relics, manuscripts and carved wo..

  • 6 Historical Museum of Crete

    Museums and art

    27 av. Sofokli/7 r. Kalokairinou GR - 712 02 Irákleio

    The Historical Museum of Crete offers an opportunity to get acquainted with the island's culture and history: 17 centuries presented chronologically and introduced by an interesting animated model of Heraklion. The museum's collection includes the on..

  • 7 Places of worship at Knossós

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Knossos GR - 71410 Irákleio

    Worship took place in several rooms at Knossós. Decorated with frescoes depicting griffins, the Throne Room leads to a lustral basin intended for purification, while ritual ceremonies were held in the Pillar crypts. Next door is the treasure, under w..

  • 8 Knossós: Outbuildings

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Knosos GR - 71410 Irákleio

    The outbuildings include artisans' workshops, including for potters (remains of kilns), and storerooms, including one containing pithoi (terracotta jars), where wine, oil, grains, honey etc were kept. A little further on was the school for scribes.

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