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The Minoan Palace of Knossos, Heraklion

The Minoan Palace of Knossos

Knossos is probably the most important archaeological site on Crete and the center of the Minoan civilization and culture.

The north entrance of the palace at Knossos

North Entrance

The partially restored north entrance of the minoan palace.

The palace of Knossos, Crete

The Legendary Palace of Knossos

Knossos Palace is also known as Labyrinth. According to the myth of the Labyrinth, a mazelike structure was created for King Minos of Crete to hold Minotaur, a creature that was half man and half bull. Minotaur was killed by Theseus.

The archaelogical site of Knossos, Crete

Knossos Archaeological Site

The Minoan civilization arose during the Bronze Age on the island of Crete and flourished from approximately 2700 to 1450 B.C. Knossos was an administrative center of Minoan civilization until 1200 B.C.

Remains of the palace at Knossos, Heraklion

Remains of Knossos Palace

The palace of Knossos was destroyed twice during its history. The first time it was destroyed by a fire (1700 B.C.). The second destruction was from a major earthquake which ravaged a large part of Crete (1600 B.C.).

King Minos throne at Knosos, Greece

Wooden Throne

A wooden throne is placed at the antechamber of the Throne Room.

The Minoan palace at Knossos, Greece

Giant pithoi placed in one of the magazines

A close view of the relief decoration on the so-called pithoi, large jars used for food storage.

The palace of Knosos, Crete

Palace of Knossos

According to the legend, Knossos was the seat of King Minos of Crete.

Landscape of Knossos, Crete

Beautiful Landscape of Knossos

Knossos is located in north central Crete, 5 km southeast of Heraklion City on the hill of Kephala. It is situated beside Katsambas river among olive trees, vines and cypresses.

Ancient city of Knossos, Greece

Ruins at Knossos Ancient City

The ancient city of Knossos is one of the most interesting attractions on Crete Island.

The throne room of Knossos, Heraklion

The Throne Room

The Throne Room has an alabaster seat, The Throne, built into the north wall and gypsum benches on the other three sides of the chamber.

The cental court of the palace at Knossos

Central Court

The Central Courtyard of the palace is a large paved area located at the center of the four wings. Courtyards were significant features of Minoan Palatial architecture because they provided light and air to the interior of the palace.

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