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To the East of the resort is the Minoan Palace of Malia.This is the third largest Minoan Palace in Crete,built in a wonderful setting by 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 B.C.the already large settlement,some parts of which are preserved around the Palace,thus became a Palace-city.This first Palace was destroyed circa 1700 B.C and rebuilt circa 1650 B.C,on the same site and with the same layout.finally the new Palace was destroyed circa 1450 B.C 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 Palace,just as it was uncovered by archaeological excavations.most of the ruins visible today belong to the Neopalatial complex-the 2nd Palace-whose rooms are set around 3 courts.
The palace is open:8am till 7.30pm tues-fri. Entrance fee is:2.50 Euros

Directions: just off the main rd between Malia and Agios Nikolas.
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  • Updated Oct 25, 2011
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