Malia Minoan Palace

Malia, Greece

To the east of the modern resort is the Minoan Palace of Malia. This is the third-largest Minoan palace in Crete, built in a wonderful setting near the sea, on the road linking eastern and central Crete.

This palace - the seat, according to myth, of Minos’ brother Sarpedon - was first constructed circa 1900 BC. The already large settlement, some parts of which are preserved around the palace, thus became a palace-city. This first palace was destroyed c. 1700 BC and rebuilt in c. 1650 BC on the same site and with the same layout. Finally the new palace was destroyed in c. 1450 BC and not reoccupied. During the Mycenean period a small building, probably a sanctuary, was constructed in the ruins.

At Malia we can actually walk around the actual palace, just as it was uncovered by archaeological excavations. Most of the ruins visible today belong to the Neopalatial complex - the second palace - whose rooms are set around three courts: the Central Court, the North Court and the Tower Court. The majestic size, complex plan and multiple details of the palace make it a fascinating place to visit.



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Founded: 1900 BC
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Greece

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András Gaál (2 years ago)
A picturesque place with the remains of an old palace but with a lot of closed of parts that makes it a less good experience.
TAXI CRETE (2 years ago)
The ruins of the ancient palace of Maria, next to the beach. A very nice place
Dave Ormston (2 years ago)
Facinating, gives a real insight into how they lived
Ann Kielthy (2 years ago)
I'd never visited a site like this before so I found it quite interesting, entrance price of €6 is pretty reasonable considering they have staff on hand in several locations, there is a guided tour available at certain times, not sure how good it is but if you want to learn as much as possible about the artefacts and dig it would be worth considering, if you are staying in the area it's well worth a visit.
Richard Havell (3 years ago)
A really stunning example of an early Minoan Palace and surrounding town buildings. There are far fewer people than Knossos and you're free to walk through the rooms and corridors with very few roped off sections. It's far less reconstructed than other sites, meaning it's easy to understand the layout, which is all on a single level. Highlights are the circular grain silos, the altars, the remains of the staircase to the upper floor, and the pillar court with visible double-axe carvings. Parking is free and entrance very reasonable at €6 (I don't know how some other people in the reviews can complain about this, given the sheer size of the site). Most of the information is on a single sign near the entrance and there are very few information signs around the site, so it's worth bringing a guidebook with some details with you.
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