Knossos is situated five kilometers southeast of Heraklion and according to tradition, it was the seat of King Minos and the capital of his realm.
Connected to the palace complex of Knossos are the stirring myths of the Labyrinth of the Minotaur and Daedalus and Icarus. The palace was multi-storied and covered 20,000 square meters. It was built from a variety of construction materials covered with colored plaster. Its rooms and corridors have frescos painted on marble slabs. It has impressive sewage and water supply network.