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  • 1. Firka

    Museum/Gallery

    Just across the narrow channel from the lighthouse, where a chain was connected in times of peril to close the harbor, is the old Turkish prison...Read More

  • 2. Gortyna

    Ruins

    Appearing in Homeric poems, Gortyna was second only to Knossos in importance and flourished in the early centuries of Roman rule. The Gortyn...Read More

  • 3. Heraklion Archaeological Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Standing in a class of its own, this museum guards practically all of the Minoan treasures uncovered in the legendary excavations of the Palace...Read More

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  • 4. Historical Museum of Crete

    Museum/Gallery

    An imposing mansion houses a varied collection of Early Christian and Byzantine sculptures, Venetian and Ottoman stonework, artifacts of war...Read More

  • 5. Palace of Knossos

    Ruins

    This most amazing of archaeological sites once lay hidden beneath a huge mound hemmed in by low hills. Heinrich Schliemann, father of archaeology...Read More

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  • 6. Palace of Phaistos

    Ruins

    The Palace of Phaistos was built around 1900 BC and rebuilt after a disastrous earthquake around 1650 BC. It was burned and abandoned in the...Read More

  • 7. Samaria Gorge

    Canyon

    South of Chania a deep, verdant crevice extends 16 km (10 miles) from near the village of Xyloskalo to the Libyan Sea. The landscape of forest...Read More

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