The Palace of Knossos has origins that begin in legend and Greek mythology, and is a must-see place when visiting Crete. Situated just 5km outside of the city of Heraklion, this background information can help you prepare for your Greek Mythology Tour.
Whilst many people think of Knossos as just the Palace, the archaeological site also consists of a surrounding city. In fact, this bronze age complex is thought to be Europe's oldest city and is the biggest archaeological site on Crete. Today, we refer to the proto-Greek civilization that created Knossos and other cities on Crete as the Minoans, although how they referred to themselves is currently unknown. Just one of many mysteries associated with Knossos and the Minoan civilization!