How to get to Knossos Palace in Crete
The simplest option - as part of the excursion group. An excursion to Knossos is the most popular in Crete. It brings tourists from any resort of the island. Visiting Knossos is often combined with sightseeing, and you can always choose the most convenient combination. We recommend the option "Knossos and the Cave of Zeus ", as it will, in our opinion, provide the most complete immersion in the atmosphere of antiquity.
If you came by car, then finding Knossos is not difficult. The road leads directly from the port of the city of Heraklion to the south. On the maps, it is designated at number 99. Go along this road and you do not miss Knossos, follow the signs.
Since Knossos is the most popular tourist destination in Crete, there are public transport buses. In Heraklion, there are two major bus stations, they are called A and B. The bus to Knossos departs every 20 minutes from Station A. There are regular bus services from other cities of Crete, which is convenient for tourists.
Perhaps Knossos is the only attraction of Crete, which can be easily reached by public transport. You can easily find the bus to Knossos by the inscription "Knossos" on the sign on the windshield. The fare is 1.3 euros per person (note: state for 2014, by the time of your visit to Greece prices may change)
Entry price and time of work
The admission ticket costs 6 euros. If you decide to get acquainted with archeology in Crete "in full", you can buy a ticket for 10 euros, which you can visit Knossos and the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion.
The excavations of the Knossos Palace can be reached every day from 8:00 am to 7:30 pm in the evening, but this time is only valid during the tourist season, which starts in April, and ends in September. During the remaining months, opening hours are from 8:30 to 15:00.
It is important to know before you look at the palace of Knossos
Not everything that you see inside, has an age of 3,5-4 thousand years. Some of the buildings are completely new.
The excavation began in 1900, the Englishman Arthur Evans. At the beginning of the 20th century, archeology was not yet formed, and everyone was doing it the way they thought right. Remember at least Henry Schliemann - the famous "digger" (it is difficult to call him an archaeologist, as he destroyed more important artifacts than he dug out).
Arthur Evans believed that the ancient monuments should not only be excavated, but also restored, which he did immediately. Part of the palace was built by him. He did not have exact information about how the palace looked 3 500 years ago and he was guided more by his imagination.
What to look inside - Entrance and "west yard"
It was the central entrance to the palace. Now tourists also go inside through it.
Here you can see two noteworthy objects. The first is three large stone wells. See do not fall into them by accident. Wells are fenced with handrails, but they are not very high.
Their appointment still causes controversy among historians. The main version says that these wells were intended for grain storage. Recall that in Crete at that time not wheat was grown, but barley.
According to the second version, the remains of sacrifices were dropped into the wells. It seems less plausible, since wells are large enough in size. It is doubtful that the sacrifices of the Minoan Greeks could have been so large that they could fill these wells with remnants. Near the wells were found the remains of the altar, which can be a confirmation of this conjecture.
The western courtyard of the palace was the venue for the ceremonies. However, almost at any place in the palace, any ceremony was held. The Minoan Greeks had many rituals, as evidenced by the frescoes.
The second thing that tourists immediately see after entering is a large triangular area. Her appointment was not exactly established, it was probably a ceremonial square in Knossos.