An Ancient City
Do you like ancient cities? Well Heraklion is one of them! Discover Knossos Palace & the Minoan Civilization.
It is strongly suggested to visit both the archaeological museum in Heraklion city center, and Knossos Palace antiquities.
An Ancient Civilization
One of the most ancient civilizations, the Minoan civilization, flourished through 3200 – 1200 B.C. in Crete island. The King of Knossos, Minoas, was was the wiser and most righteous king, and for that reason, this specific time era was named "Minoan".
The Palace was built during the stone season, as well as other important palaces on the island, like Festos, Malia and Gortys. But the prince of Knossos was the most powerful and respected. He was in charge of the naval fleet and actually took care of the island so that it would be in peace and prosperity.
Around 2000 B.C. the first written symbols appear. They were consisted of animal shapes or heads, plus tools and human representations (hieroglyphic writing). The most representative sample of this writing is Phaistos's Disc, which dates back to 1700 BC and has not yet been read. During that period, a strong and deadly earthquake completely destroyed the city of Knossos.