We stayed in a historic, boutique hotel located in the center of Heraklion. The first floor was built by the Venetians in 1510 and the second floor was added by the Ottomans in 1730. For a long time, the building served as a meeting place of the lords and nobles of the city to discuss political and economic issues. It was recently restored as an eight room hotel. Our room is the top room on the left where the Ottoman sultan once resided. Linda and Jack’s room was once the stable and is now a two story suite.
Parking was very limited and there always seemed to be a car hemming in other cars.The major attraction in Heraklion is Knossos Palace. Knossos is the largest Bronze Age archeological site on Crete and has been called the oldest city in Europe. The Palace of Knossos became the political and ceremonial center of the Minoan civilization. The Palace reached a population of 18,000 people in 2000 BCE and peaked at nearly 100,000 people by 1700 BCE. The Palace was abandoned at some unknown time at the end of the late Bronze Age, 1380 – 1100 BCE. It has been studied and restored by various archaeologists over the years. Some of today’s archaeologists are trying to correct perceived mistakes of previous archaeologists. All the original frescoes and artifacts are housed at the Archaeological Museum in town.The top picture is of the throne room. There was a cruise ship in town, so the Palace was very crowded. We had a long wait to get into the throne room.This is a wood model of the Palace at the Archaeological Museum.This is believed to be an ancient board game with the playing pieces on the right.This disc contains 65 different characters from an unknown and undeciphered language.Some other objects at the museum including a sarcophagus and fresco. The parts that are smooth and uniform in color are added to fill the spaces between the recovered parts of the original fresco.
The lion fountain is in the center of one of the main squares.Once again there were a number of nice pedestrian streets.Agios Minas Greek Orthodox Cathedral from the inside and outside. While it doesn’t show in this picture, even this church was not spared from graffiti.
Saturday we fly from Crete to Rhodes via Athens.