Crete | The Festos Palace of Heraklion

Crete | The Festos Palace of Heraklion. The remains of the Minoan palace at Festos are, apart from Knossos, the most impressive that Crete can boast. Though it’s the second biggest such Minoan centre yet unearthed, it’s arguably better preserved,…

Crete | The Festos Palace of Heraklion

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Crete | The Festos Palace of Heraklion. The remains of the Minoan palace at Festos are, apart from Knossos, the most impressive that Crete can boast. Though it’s the second biggest such Minoan centre yet unearthed, it’s arguably better preserved, and larger as well.
The Festos palace lies on a plain near the Lybian sea in south central Crete, indicating that it oversaw trade with Egypt and other places in the Middle East. It contains a rich example of architectural and cultural relics on a par with that at Knossos.
The most enigmatic find so far has been the so-called Festos Disk, a circular object containing so-far indecipherable marks arranged in a spiral. This object, the only one of its kind ever found, came to light in the ruins of Festos in the early 20th century and has puzzled experts ever since.
To get to Festos, drive south on the main highway out of Heraklion for 62 kilometres, turning left at the sign. There’s also a KTEL rural bus service from Heraklion. Get off at Tymbaki and take a taxi for the short rode to Festos.
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