Malia Minoan Palace in Pictures

A Glimpse of the Glorious Past at Malia Palace Archaeological Site 

 Appeared in Crete and several other Aegean islands, in the early Bronze Age, the Minoan Civilization, beyond the mythological references, was - until the collapse in 1450 BC and the final ending around 1100 BC - a remarkably strong and flourishing, being considered by the historical scientific community as the cradle of Greek and European civilization.

  For more than a century, archaeological works in Crete have brought to light the ruins of palaces and settlements, which impress with their architectural grandeur, technological advancement, artistic refinement, and the network of roads and ports that prove that there was an intense commercial activity.

 An archaeological attraction in the Heraklion Region is the Minoan Palace in Malia, located in a wonderful green setting near the sea, on the road linking eastern and central Crete. This is the third-largest Minoan palace in Crete, after Knossos and Phaistos, first excavated in 1915.

 Its first inhabitants lived here during the Neolithic and early Minoan periods (6000-2000 BC). According to myth, the palace was initially constructed circa 1900 BC by King Sarpedon, Minos' brother, and, as suggested by archaeological discoveries, it was a vassal of Knossos.

  Driven by the curiosity to explore the glorious past of the island, we visited the site for a few hours with two enthusiastic local girls from Malia, who shared their knowledge of history with us.

 We are happy to present to you our photo album, enjoy!

Photos by Nick Deris

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