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Tour of Palace of Knossos Makes Visitors Feel Like Royalty in Crete

December 30, 2011 - 2:24am
Tour of Palace of Knossos Makes Visitors Feel Like Royalty in Crete
The island of Crete has plenty of beautiful beaches, shopping and restaurants for visitors to enjoy, but a visit to the Palace of Knossos can be the perfect way to mix things up and make Europe tours more memorable. The ruins are vast enough that travelers could spend the entire day strolling through the site without seeing the same thing twice, but the complex construction was originally intended to confuse visitors, so don't forget to bring a map.

Legend has it that Crete's palace was designed by Dedalos, a famed Greek architect, as a labyrinth that would be impossible to escape. Upon completion, King Minos trapped Dedalos inside and kept him as a prisoner so the layout of the palace would never be known to anyone. Dedalos managed to escape with his son Ikaros by building two sets of wings with which they flew away from Crete. As legend has it, Ikaros flew too close to the sun during their escape and the wax holding his wings together melted, sending him tumbling to earth.

The story of Dedalos and Ikaros is only one of the many myths associated with the ancient ruins. Travelers can visit the Palace of Knossos to learn of the other ancient Greek legends that surround the historic landmark of Crete.