Minoan Palace of Malia

Visit the remains of a unique palace that are evidence of the glorious Minoan civilization that flourished here 4,000 years ago and that turned Malia into an important trade and shipping centre with substantial political and economic power.
 
The first palaces in Crete were built around 1900BC, a period we call Proto Palatial. Excavations of the palace of Malia and of the nearby grave complex ‘Chrysolakos’ have given us a lot of archaeological evidence and rich finds, one of them being the famous gold bee pendant, a brilliant example of protopalatial gold jewellery.
 
Set on a flat plain with easy access, just three kilometers east of Malia, by the sea and with the proud Mt. Selena rising behind it, it is easy to envisage this monumental palace in its days of glory.

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