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Malia Minoan Palace – legendary palace of King Sarpedon

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April 4, 2021

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TypeAncient Site
Year1900 BC
Other NamesMinoan Palace of Malia
Price TicketsFull ticket: 6 Euro
Reduced: 3 Euro
Visiting HoursSummer:
08:00 – 20:00

Good Friday: 12:00 – 17:00
Holy Saturday: 08:30 – 16:00
Closed: Every Tuesday, January 1, March 25, May 1, Easter Sunday, Christmas, December 25, December 26
LocationMalia Minoan Palace, Crete, Greece, Europe

Malia Minoan Palace

The ancient name of this site is not known. The name is taken from the name of Malia town.

Malia is better preserved than the Phaistos site.

Most of the ruins visible today belong to The Second Palace.

There is evidence of a coastal Roman settlement and a Byzantine basilica.

The archaeological site of Malia is the third-largest Minoan palace, after Knossos and Phaistos.

Knossos

Phaistos

The famous Bee Malia Pendant was found here. Malia Pendant is a gold pendant that you can see in Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

Bee Malia Pendant

Legends of Minoan Palace of Malia

The Palace of Malia was ruled by the legendary King Sarpedon. King Sarpedon was the son of Zeus and Europa and brother of King Minos (King of Knossos)

What to visit inside

There were warehouses with many pots and jars, royal rooms, workshops, a weapons room (where the famous Bronze Dagger was found), and altars.

A round table with little holes around the edge. Most probably the table was used to put seeds in the holes like offerings to the goods, so the gods will bring fruitful crops. In some parts of Greece, this tradition still exists.

  • the central courtyard
  • east storage rooms
  • theater 
  • crypts
  • west corridors
  • The “Grand Staircase”

Malia Bronze Dagger

Malia Bronze Dagger with Gold Hilt was dated between 1800 BC and 1700 BC and is exposed in Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

Bronze_dagger_from_Malia Minoan Palace
By Bernard Gagnon – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, httpscommons.wikimedia

Source Featured Image: By Olaf Tausch – Own work, CC BY 3.0, commons.wikimedia

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