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The famous Minoan Palace of Knossos is the largest with an area of 20,000 square meters and the most impressive of all the Minoan palatial centers. It has all the typical features of the architectural type established in 1700 B.C.  The palace had many floors, it was built of ashlar blocks and its walls were decorated with splendid frescoes, mostly representing religious ceremonies.

The palace of Knossos was destroyed twice in its history.  The old palace was built in around 2000 B.C. but it was completely ruined by an earthquake in 1700 B.C. The new palace, more complex in plan, strongly resembling a labyrinth, was constructed immediately afterwards.  In the middle of the 15th century B.C. the Achaeans from the Greek Mainland conquered the island of Crete and settled at the palace of Knossos.  The palace was again destroyed by fire in the middle of 14th century B.C. and ceased to function as a palatial centre.

The first excavations on the site of Knossos were conducted in 1878 by Minos Kalokairinos, a Cretan merchant and antiquarian, who brought to light part of the magazines in the west wing of the palace and a section of the west facade. After Kalokairinos, several people attempted to continue the excavations.  Then in 1900 until 1931, when the exploration of the West Court and the Minoan town was completed by the Englishman Sir Arthur John Evans, director of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

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Name Phone Address
GIANNIKOGLOU LEONIDAS
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NIK. PLASTIRA 98,CHANIOPORTA,IRAKLEIO IRAKLEIOU
ZACHARIOUDAKI PELAGIA
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25IS MARTIOU 261,70400,MOIRES IRAKLEIOU
TEMA UOMO - ANDROULAKIS ZACH.
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SMYRNIS 9,71201,IRAKLEIO IRAKLEIOU
RENIERIS A. A. & SIA OE - LACOSTE
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DIKAIOSYNIS 21,71201,IRAKLEIO IRAKLEIOU
FAKETTI
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AL. PANAGOULI 121,ATHINA, N. IRAKLEIO,IRAKLEIO ATTIKIS
FRAGIADOULAKI KOKOLAKI MARIA
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RODOMANTHIS & P. MELA,70300,ARKALOCHORI IRAKLEIOU
TSAGKARAKI MARINA
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KALOKAIRINOU 152,71305,IRAKLEIO IRAKLEIOU
PAPADAKIS SOFOKLIS
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KALOKAIRINOU LEOF. 174,71202,IRAKLEIO IRAKLEIOU
LOULAKI IOANNA
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AMALTHEIAS 11,71201,IRAKLEIO IRAKLEIOU
MAMATZAKIS GEORGIOS A.
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L. KALOKAIRINOU 252,71201,IRAKLEIO IRAKLEIOU
GALANOS DIMITR. CH.
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KALOKAIRINOU LEOF. 73,71201,IRAKLEIO IRAKLEIOU
IMATIO - MARKAKI EVA
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CHATZIMICHALI GIANNARI 8,71201,IRAKLEIO IRAKLEIOU
MARKOGIANNAKIS EMM. - STRASS
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ODOS 1821 AR. 49,71201,IRAKLEIO IRAKLEIOU
BAKALAKOS GEORG. K.
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DAIDALOU 20,71202,IRAKLEIO IRAKLEIOU
STAVRAKAKIS EMM. I.
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EVANS 36,71201,IRAKLEIO IRAKLEIOU
PLOUMI PELAGIA
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62 MARTYRON LEOF. 75,71304,IRAKLEIO IRAKLEIOU
SPRIDER AEVE
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62 MARTYRON LEOF. 316,IRAKLEIO, GIOFYRIO,IRAKLEIO IRAKLEIOU
ANAGNOSTOU EVANGELIA
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DAIDALOU 7,71202,IRAKLEIO IRAKLEIOU
PARIZIANA - ARETINI MARIA
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KALOKAIRINOU 144,71202,IRAKLEIO IRAKLEIOU
LAMPRAKIS ANGELOS
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IRODOTOU 124,N. ALIKARNASSOS,IRAKLEIO IRAKLEIOU
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Name Phone & Fax Class Address Area
ACROPOLIS
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4 11 Dimocratias Limenas Hersonissou
ADONIS
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2 12 Giamboudaki Limenas Hersonissou
AGAPI BEACH
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4 Amoudara
AGLAIA
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1 Malia
AGRABELLA
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3 Limenas Hersonissou
AKROGIALI
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1 Malia
AKS ANNABELLE VILLAGE
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5 Aghios Georgios Limenos Limenas Hersonissou
AKS MINOA PALACE
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4 Paralia Amnissou Iraklio
AKTI
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2 13th km National Rd. Irakliou-Ag. Nik Hani Kokini
ALBATROS
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3 1 Dedalou Limenas Hersonissou
ALEXANDER
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1 Kalamaki
ALEXANDER BEACH
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4 Malia
ALEXANDER HOUSE
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4 Agia Pelagia
ALEXANDRA
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3 Stalida
ALIA
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3 20 N. Nearhou Limenas Hersonissou
ALKYONIDES
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3 Stalida
ALOE
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2 Limenas Hersonissou
ALONI
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2 Koutouloufari Limenas Hersonissou
ALTIS
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2 Malia
AMAZONES VILLAGE
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4 Piskopiano
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Name Phone & Fax Address City/Place
Camping CARAVAN
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Limenas Hersonissou
Camping CRETA
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Gouves Hersonissou
Camping HERSONISSOS
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Limenas Hersonissou
Camping KOMOS
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Komos Pitsidion
Camping MATALA
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Matala

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NamePhone Fax Area
Heraklion - Nikos Kazantzakis International Airport Tel: +30 281 397 800 Fax: +30 281 039 7501 Nikos Kazantzakis

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CityStation Phone Athens Central Station Phone
Heraklion 2810-245020

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Name Phone & Fax Address Area
MOTOR CLUB CAR RENTAL
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18 AGGLON SQUARE PORT Heraklio (Iraklio)
KOSMOS
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15, 25th August St., GR-712 02 Heraklion, Crete, Greece Heraklio (Iraklio)
UNIVERSAL 3rd September St., Ammoudara-Gazi Heraklion, Crete, Greece Heraklio (Iraklio)
PETSAS A & SONS LTD
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Episkopi

Travel Agencies

Name Phone & Fax Area
ARTEMIS TRAVEL - CAR RENTAL
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Heraklio (Iraklio)
CRETA PLAN TRAVEL SERVICE
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Heraklio (Iraklio)
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL SERVICE
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Heraklio (Iraklio)
LYKNO TOURISM SERVICES LTD
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Heraklio (Iraklio)
SKOUTELIS TRAVEL BUREAU and Car Rental
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Heraklio (Iraklio)
SKY EYE TRAVEL SERVICES
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Heraklio (Iraklio)
DIAMOND TRAVEL
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Heraklio (Iraklio)
MISSION TRAVEL SERVICES & CAR RENTAL
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Heraklio (Iraklio)
PROTEUS TOURS
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Heraklio (Iraklio)
TRAVELATE TRAVEL AGENCY
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Heraklio (Iraklio)
KATERINA TRAVEL
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