The Minoan ruins of the Palace of Knossos in Crete
In the early 1900's AD, the British archaeologist, Sir Arthur John Evans discovered this Minoan civilization & palace dating back to 1900 BC that ties into legends of King Minos and the myth of the Minotaur and the labryinth.
Evans recreated many of the murals and painted the columns and got a lot of grief from archaeologists for "ruining it". Granted I am not an archaeologist and don't know what other secrets were to be learned, I actually appreciated these parts of the ruins. So much of Greek ruins are rubble and tan stone and the history tells us that much of it was painted in vibrant colors. It brought the site to life for me.
The museum in Heraklion was equally if not more impressive as it is really well laid out with enough to tell the story, but not too much to overwhelm. The recreations of the murals were exceptionally interesting. The was also a clay circular piece called the Phaistos disc with 45 signs that have not been deciphered. The secret to life or the recipe for their favorite dish. Hmmm?