Phaistos is the second-largest Minoan palace in Crete after Knossos. Together with Knossos and Cydonia, Phaistos was one of the most important cities of Crete, powerful and independent, with its own coinage. The Phaistos archaeological site is extremely interesting, as large parts of the Minoan New Palace have been discovered, together with other Minoan, Geometric and Hellenistic buildings. It is where that famous Phaistos Disk was found, bearing the as-yet-undeciphered writing which remains one of the great archaeological mysteries.
The Minoan palace of Phaistos corresponds to a flourishing city which arose in the fertile plain of the Messara in prehistoric times, from circa 6000 BC to the 1st century BC, as archaeological finds confirm. The small Palace served as a luxury residence and consists of two sections, one section stretching towards the north, the other towards the west.
On your right just before arriving on Phaistos car park, you can find the first Xth century church of Agios Georgios Theotokou (also named Agios Georgios Falandras, Falandra being the name of the area). It's a current church from the Venetian period, which initially was a monastery. It was founded by Agios Ioannis o Xenos, a man from Sivas, who apparently had built most of the churches of the area, and later became a saint. There is a sign with further explanations in front of the church.