Heraklion or Iraklio is the major city and capital of , the largest of the Greek islands. Its Archaeological Museum holds the remains of the 4000-year old Minoan civilization, which centred around the nearby palace of Knossos, with its Minotaur legend.

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Knossos is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on and has been called Europe's oldest city.Settled as early as the Neolithic period, the name Knossos survives from ancient Greek references to the major city of Crete. is situated 4 km southeast of Heraklion. Photo: Bgag, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Heraklion International Airport "Nikos Kazantzakis" is the primary airport on the island of , , and the country's second busiest airport after . is situated 3 km east of Heraklion. Photo: Florian Waßmann, CC BY 3.0.


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