Exhibition Hall

Iraklio Province

This small exhibition hall near the entrance to the ruins features photographs of the excavation work begun in 1915 by Iosef Chatzidakis and continued by the French Archaeological School in Athens. It includes scale models of both the palace and Quarter M, which go a long way to helping visitors conceptualise Malia in its heydey.

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1. Crypt

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The palace was surrounded by an entire city whose excavation is still ongoing. The canopied structure just west of the compound is described as the crypt.

2. West Magazines

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3. Lustral Basin

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4. Palace of Malia

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5. Royal Apartments

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These apartments are referred to as the king's and queen's megarons, or royal halls.

6. Grain Silos

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These eight well-preserved circular pits are believed to have been grain silos.

7. Pillar Crypt

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Located behind a stone-paved vestibule within the west wing of the palace, the pillar crypt is believed to have harboured the most important rooms.

8. Loggia

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The loggia was most probably used for ceremonial purposes.