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Knossos is the site of the most important and better known palace of Minoan civilization. According to tradition, it was the seat of the legendary king Minos. The Palace is also connected with thrilling legends, such as the myth of the Labyrinth with the Minotaur and the story of Daidalos and Icarus.

The site was continuously inhabited from the Neolithic period (7000-3000 B.C.) until Roman times. The Linear B tablets (Mycenaean script) of the 14th century B.C. mention the city as ko-no-so. Intensive habitation occurred mostly in the Minoan period, when the so-called first (19th-17th centuries B.C.) and second palaces (16th-14th centuries B.C.) were built along with luxurious houses, a hospice and various other structures. After its partial destruction in 1450 B.C., Knossos was settled by Mycenaeans from the Greek Mainland. The city flourished again during the Hellenistic period (sanctuaries of Glaukos, Demeter, other sanctuaries, chamber tombs, north cemetery, defensive towers) and in 67 B.C. it was captured by the Roman Quintus Caecilius Metelus Creticus. The "Villa of Dionysos", a private house with splendid mosaics was built in the same period.

Knossos was discovered in 1878 by Minos Kalokairinos. Arthur Evans conducted systematic excavations at the site between 1900 and 1931, bringing to light the palace, a large section of the Minoan city, and the cemeteries. Since then, the site and the surrounding area have been excavated by the British School of Archaeology at Athens and the 23rd E.P.C.A.


Address  Address:


Location (City, Village, Area)  Location:

Knossos, Heraklion

Telephone number  Telephone:

(+30) 2810231940

Fax number  Fax:

(+30) 2810322570

E-mail address  E-mail:

Website Url Url:

Operating Period  Operating Period:




Operating Days & Hours  Operating Days & Hours:

NOV-MAR: MON-SUN: 08:00-15:00 (Last admission 14:45)
APR-OCT: MON-SUN: 08:00-18:00 (Last admission 17:45)


Admission Fee  Admission Fee:

• General admission: Full: €15, Reduced: €8
• Special ticket package: Full: €16, Reduced: €8  (Package valid for: Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Knossos

Notes  Notes:

• Wheelchair friendly 
• Parking area 
• Souvenir shop 
• Cafeteria 


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 Last update 30/04/2017