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    Knossos Archaeological Site

    The most famous archaeological site in Crete!

    Archaeological Sites Knossos Archaeological Site

    Knossos is the largest ancient city in Crete. It was first founded around 7000 BC. The Minoan civilization was the first civilization in Europe and the first to ever build a palace.

    According to the myth, Knossos was home of Minotaur, the half-man and half-bull monster that was imprisoned in a labyrinth beneath the king’s palace.

    Knossos is located 5km south of Heraklion city.

    Entrance Fee: Full ticket 15 euro, reduced ticket students and citizens 65 and over 8 euro. There is a combo ticket available for the Palace of Knossos and the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion and costs 16 euro.

    Free Admission Days

    • 6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri) 
    • 18 April (International Monuments Day) 
    • 18 May (International Museums Day) 
    • Last weekend of September (European Heritage Days) 
    • 28 October (Oxi or Ohi Day)
    • Sundays from November 1st to March 31st

    Opening times

    Summer: Daily 08:00 20:00

    Winter: Daily 08:30 – 17:00 

    Holidays  

    • 1 January: closed  
    • 25 March: closed  
    • Good Friday: 12:00-17:00  
    • Holy Saturday: 08:00 – 16:00  
    • 1 May: closed  
    • Easter Sunday: closed  
    • 15 August: 08:00 – 20:00  
    • 28 October: 08:30 – 15:00  
    • 25 December: closed  
    • 26 December: closed 

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