Knossos Palace

The impressive Palace you should visit anyway

The impressive palace is located south of the city of Heraklion and around 5.5 km away, came to light in March 1900 by archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans, who restored a large piece of it using cement. It is a sight that nobody should miss the chance to visit.

The palace, apart from the throne room and royal rooms, had rooms for craftsmen, warehouses, courtyards, theater, ceremonial rooms and other luxurious rooms. The palace of Knossos is divided into several sections, each of which has a distinct use.

The first palace was built around 2000 BC. According to tradition, the palace of Knossos was the seat of King Minos.

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Faistos Palace

A rare of beauty Palace to see in southern Crete

The palace of Faistos is located on the south side of the island and is 6.5 km away from the town of Tympaki. This rare of beauty sight also runs around 60 km south, if you come from the city of Herakleion, Faistos was the second most important city of Crete during the second millennium BC, after Knossos.

Faistos was one of the most important centers of Minoan civilization and the most important city in southern Crete. It belongs to the three major cities that Minos founded in Crete. According to mythology in Faistos reigned, the dynasty of Radamantha, son of Zeus and brother of Minos.

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Frangokastello Fortress

The medieval castle of Fragokastello and its great history

Fragokastello is a Venetian medieval castle located on the southern coast of Crete, about 12 kilometers east of Sfakia, within the prefecture of Chania. The castle with its great history was built in the period 1371-74, by the Venetians, who then dominated the island of Crete.

The castle has a simple rectangular shape with a tower in every corner of it. The main entrance of the castle is in the south and in its present form it is a reconstruction of the 19th century.

The existing buildings inside the castle are rebuilt during the last period of the Ottoman occupation of the castle at the end of the 19th century.

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The Fortress of Rethymno

You can enjoy the incredible view of Fortezza Castle, from every corner of the city

Fortezza is the Venetian Castle in Rethymnon, which dominates the hill of Palaiokastro, almost in the middle of the old town and on the sea, Fortezza’s incredible view is visible from every corner of the city, with panoramic views across Rethymnon and the west coast.

In Fortezza you can either go through the narrow streets of the old town of Rethymnon or, more easily, follow the coastal road that starts behind the old Venetian harbor

According to a theory, the hill on which Fortezza was built, in distant antiquity was an islet, which was united with Crete through a narrow strip of land, with attachments joined to the land taking the form it has today.

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A Day In Spinalonga Island

A small but a historical memory island

The famous leper colony island is in the bay of Agios Nikolaos and is easily accessible by boat from Agios Nikolaos, Elounda and Plaka.

The island was fortified in antiquity, the first phase of the fortress’s construction lasted from 1579 to 1586. After the occupation of the island by the Turks in 1715 in Spinalonga gradually formed a settlement of Ottoman origin.

in 1903 with the departure of the Turks, the castle becomes a healing center for lepers. The difficult life of the sick, who lived on this small island until 1957, marked the place and emotionally charged it, making it the place of martyrdom and historical memory.

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Sfendoni Cave

An interesting cave with different species living in it

The interesting Sfendoni cave grows in the middle of the eastern side of Halepa Hill, 500m. northeast of the Zoniana community. It is located about 44 km west of the city of Heraklion.

The interior of the cave is divided into two chambers, the first dimension being 100×25 m and the second circular shape of 20 m in diameter, with rich lithographic. Four species of bats and dozens of invertebrate species live in the cave today.

The cave is well developed and accessible and the findings suggest sporadic and perhaps seasonal use of the cave during the Late Neolithic period.

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