MALIA (Heraklion) CRETE

Malia (Heraklion Prefecture)

The archaeological place of Malia is located 34 km. east of Heraklion and 3 km. beyond the summer resort of the same name. Excavations have brought to light a palace similar to the ones at Knossos and Festos (also built around 1900 B.C. and abandoned about 1450 B.C.).
At Chrissolakos (Pit of Gold), archaeologists also unearthed the districts surrounding the Minoan palace and cemetery. The palace covered an area of about 9.000 sq. m. Many of the objects now on display in Heraklion's Archaeological Museum were found at Malia.