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The Landmarks of Crete: The Minoan Palace of Phaestos in Heraklion.

The Minoan Palace of Phaestos

Besides the Palace of Knossos in Crete there are many other places developed as organized and prestigious centres of the Minoan Crete. One of those and probably the most important after Knossos is the Minoan Palace of Phaestos. Discover below the history, the findings like the legendary Disc of Phaestos, have a small walk around the rooms of the palace and find out how far away is this important site from Galaxy Hotel Iraklio!

History. At the Minoan Palace of Phaistos three different phases of construction is witnessed as the Palace has been destroyed by earthquakes twice and has been restored. The Palace was originally built in 2000 BC and was one of the main cities of the Minoan Crete. The founder was believed to be King Minos and the Palace was destroyed by the Gortyns.

Excavations. The excavations began in 1884, continued to the 1904 and then stopped for 50 years.

Important findings. The most important finding is the famous Disc of Phaestos with the sophisticated hieroglyphic text. The findings in Phaestos Palace are seals and Linear A art crafts.

A small tour to the site. You will first see the north court which leads to the South Court and the theatre. Then you will see the impressive Central Court and the West Storage of Phaestos. The Royal Chambers are on the north side of the Central Court including the Queen’s and King’s Rooms. At the south is the temple of Rhea whereas at the east, there is an area called the Prince’s palace. The route to discover the Minoan Palace of Phaestos is circular.

Info. The Minoan Palace of Phaestos is just 45 klm from the Galaxy Hotel Iraklio, less than an hour drive. Note also that you can purchase also a ticket for the neighbouring site of Agia Triada at the cashier of Phaestos Palace.

For more information you can ask at the reception of Galaxy Villas and address queries regarding opening time and arrangements for your transfer to this beautiful site in Crete!