Festos Palace in Crete
Heraklion Sights & Monuments - Discover the hidden wonders of Festos Palace in Crete, one of the most renowned ancient monuments of Minoan architecture. Since its excavation in 1902, Festos Palace has yielded invaluable artifacts, including ancient pottery, which shed light on Minoan society throughout history. Due to a devastating earthquake, the palace was rebuilt three times and stood as a hub of Minoan civilization, becoming the wealthiest and most powerful city in southern Crete. It dates back to the Neolithic period, and played a significant role in the Trojan War before becoming a major city and state during the Dorian period. Festos flourished during Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic times, until its destruction by the Gortynians in 3rd century B.C. Nonetheless, it persisted during the Roman period, boasting two ports: Matala and Kommos. Don't miss the opportunity to visit Festos Palace, a treasure trove of Minoan history.
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