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Heraklion

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Heraklion is the administrative capital of Crete and the fourth largest city in Greece. Unlike Chania and Rethymnon, it is a modern city, rebuilt after brutal bombing in World War Two. Over time, the city has been the slave-trade capital of the eastern Mediterranean, a Byzantine fortress town, a Venetian haven, and after a period of Turkish Rule, became the capital of Crete in 1971. Many famous people have called the city home over time, including the painter, El Greco.

Many of the artifacts have been sourced from Knossos, only a few kilometers away, showing the sophistication of the Minoan people who lived in the region. Knossos is the main attraction of Heraklion. It was the capital of Minoan Crete. The British archaeologist, Sir Arthur Evans, excavated the site in 1900 and then sections of the Palace were reconstructed over the next 40 years.

The site isn’t like many other ruins. Knossos is a labyrinth of rooms and passages, displaying the splendor of the age. The colorful mosaics and frescos give an idea of how advanced the civilization was before earthquakes damaged the site in 1700BC and fire finally destroyed the site in 1450 BC. Knossos is a place you will want to spend a day exploring, investigating the fascinating surroundings.

Office:
Tourlos, New Port, 84600
Mykonos Town
Cyclades Islands, Greece

Tel. +30 22890 28020 to 22
Fax: +30 22890 28023
E-mail: info@matt-holidays.com

EOT number (MHTE): 1144E61000085201

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