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Capt Brian visits Palace of Faistos

Alongside Knossos this is a must visit place. Full of culture and archaeological history. Bit... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
SkipBrian
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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Far better than Knossos

Despite the fact that the interpretation of this place is based on Sir Arthur Evans imagination it... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
FoodieOswestry
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Eparchiaki Odos Faistou - Kalon Limenon, Vori, Crete 702 00, Greece
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 21 October 2015

Faistos was a palace second in importance only to Knossos, and the place of discovery for the Faistos Wheel, which many visitors will see in the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion. The ruins themselves lack the imaginative restoration of Knossos, as well as the masses of...More

2  Thank jpiglet
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 17 July 2018

Of nearly a dozen archaeological sites that we visited on a recent trip to Greece, Faistos was probably the least impressive. Everything here requires a lot of imagination, and the information provided is slightly short of filling in the gaps. Unless you are an archaeology...More

1  Thank IlyaBurlak
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Alongside Knossos this is a must visit place. Full of culture and archaeological history. Bit confusing to get orientated as to what’s where, but never the less an important piece of ancient culture/ history.

Thank SkipBrian
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Despite the fact that the interpretation of this place is based on Sir Arthur Evans imagination it is an inspiring place to visit, ignore his theories and form your own. This is the second largest palace complex on the island and possibly the best preserved...More

Thank FoodieOswestry
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

By far the most beautiful minoan site on crete- spectacular setting, atmosphere, lots of intact features and good on site interpretation. Take time to linger and enjoy- ideal for later afternoon or early morning.

Thank eamhair
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a visit. More interesting than Knossos. It takes a little time to understand the layout (the maps on site could be much clearer), but one does get a real appreciation of the grandeur of the palace.

Thank driansmith
Reviewed 4 October 2018

Original, beautiful, mind blowing. You can really FEEL the palace and spirit of the place and the life here. Unlike other Minonan sites this one has nothing ‘made up’ by others imagination which may or may not be accurate. It is less visited than Knossos...More

Thank Bebopaloola
Reviewed 27 September 2018

This site contains the unrestored ruins of a Bronze age palace. Quite a small site but still lots to see, and the location gives great views of the surrounding mountains and plains. A guide book would help to explain what you're looking at. There's also...More

Thank SevenoaksSinjun
Reviewed 9 September 2018

Faistos situated between Agia Galini and Matala. There are few buses per day. But... check schedule before departure. There were a lot of information about 4 euros ticket, which is not true. The ticket costs 8 euro. Don't forget water. The palace itself is rather...More

Thank Dilenciya
Reviewed 21 July 2018

Nicely situated on a hill, but a rather small site with little preserved. Definitely falls short of Knossos and Malia. The book shop is much better than the one at the Iraklion Archaeological Museum, bought several books there.

Thank Ben070740
Reviewed 17 July 2018

Of nearly a dozen archaeological sites that we visited on a recent trip to Greece, Faistos was probably the least impressive. Everything here requires a lot of imagination, and the information provided is slightly short of filling in the gaps. Unless you are an archaeology...More

1  Thank IlyaBurlak
Reviewed 19 June 2018

The ruins of this Palace are truly gorgeous and authentic (nothing has been reconstructed like in Knossos), and its location is gorgeous too with a fantastic view of the mountains surrounding it. The site is only fenced in a few places so you can quite...More

Thank Giulia P
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