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Incomparably less known than Knossos, but equally significant and valuable remains of the Minoan palace on the south side of Crete. Unlike Knossos, there are no reconstructed buildings or their parts here, but (at least to me) it is easier and better to know what the palace looked like. In addition, there are many fewer visitors, so sightseeing is more pleasant and relaxed.

The palace of Phaistos was built on a low hill in the plain of Messara, with panoramic views to the surrounding area (see WS).
The palace was destroyed in about 1700 BC by an earthquake, but was restored immediately. Then Phaestus declined and the neighboring settlement of Agia Triada flourished. Phaistos remained the most important religious center of southern Crete. After the destruction of 1450 BC (possibly due to an earthquake), Phaistos recovered and created its own currency. This new bloom lasted till the first century BC, when it was destroyed by the neighboring Gortys, which then became the new capital of Crete.

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