Knossos - Crete, Greece

Knossos is situated in the approximate centre of the island of Crete, just inland from the northern coast, and some 5 km (3 miles) from the centre of modern Heraklion (Iráklion). Here you can visit the fantastic ruins of the Palace of Knossos. Discovered in 1899 by Sir Arthur Evans and partially reconstructed, the elaborate Palace (dating back to 1700 BC) is believed to be the seat of ancient Minoan culture and the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos where Theseus slew the Minotaur. The Palace of Knossos was built around an open courtyard and contain a labyrinth of rooms decorated with naturalistic frescoes, drainage and lighting systems and even a toilet and bathtub. The Archaeological Museum in Heraklion displays many of the treasures found during the excavations.