Knossos Palace and the Archaeological museum
Depart from Heraklion and visit The ancient city of Knossos, with constant habitation from the Neolithic era until the 5th century A.D., is beyond doubt the land that “gave birth” to the first civilization of Europe, the Minoans. The first excavations begun in 1878 by the Heraklian Minos Kalokairinos. A bit later (1900—1913 & 1922—1930) the excavations by the British Sir Arthur Evans completed the scientific research, bringing to light the Minoan palace in its entirety, which was, according to tradition, the residence of the wise King Minos.
The palace of Knossos spreads around the large Central Court. You will reach the awe inspiring Throne Room, the fresco of the “Prince of the Lilies”, the imposing Grand Staircase, the Queen’s Megaron in the east. Walking through the apartments of the Knossos palace and observing the finds even as passers-‐by, you will feel part of this cultural heritage. Then drive to the town and walk along the 25th August str. , stop to see Saint Titos Orthodox Church, the Basilica of St. Marcus , now houses the Municipal Art Gallery and the Loggia Heraklion Town Hall.