Faistos, the second Minoan Palace in Crete, which overlooks the fertile low land of Messara, is located in the south-central part of the island about 3km from the village Sivas.
The Minoan Palace of Faistos corresponds to a thriving city which, not accidentally, was developed in the fertile low land of Messara during the prehistoric times, this means from 6000 B.C up to around the 1st century B.C, as archeological findings certify.
It was inhabited around 4000 B.C. A palace dated from the Mid Bronze Age, was completely destroyed by an earthquake during the Later Bronze Age, when it was almost immediately rebuilt.
It is considered as one of the most important archeological sites in Crete and receives thousands of visitors every year.