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Home Sweet Home ! ! ! Iraklio  Greece
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A Minoan Palace in Europe's Oldest City Iraklio  Greece
Home Sweet Home ! ! ! Iraklio  Greece
Knossos Iraklio  Greece
A Minoan Palace in Europe's Oldest City Iraklio  Greece

Knossos

The remarkably mazelike passages of the palace of Knossos were excavated in the early 20th century. Until then the myth of King Minos who kept the bull-headed Minotaur in a secret labyrinth was regarded as, well, a myth. Archaeologists now agree that the palace was not only the center of power in Knossos, but the political and ceremonial center of the entire Minoan civilization. The impressive site has a throne room, a theater and stunning frescoes on its walls.

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over 4 years ago

Home Sweet Home ! ! !

Heraklion is the capital city of Crete, the biggest island of Greece. This is my hometown, so I can give you every single information about that "holy" place! First of all, you have to visit the minoan palace of Knossos, which was the headquarter of the King Minoas during the ancient years. Many museums at the center of the city are waiting to be visited by all of you and, of course, the Venetian stone walls which decorate the landscape all over the city. Find some time to walk to the picturesque cobblestone streets surrounded by traditional restaurants, cafes, wine bars, turist shops and other monuments. You can book a flight to "Nikos Kazantzakis" Heraklion International Airport or you can get here by ship from many different places in Greece but also from abroad too.
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about 4 years ago

A Minoan Palace in Europe's Oldest City

The Palace of Knossos is situated on the island of Crete, and is the largest archaeological site from the Bronze Age. Knossos is considered the oldest city in Europe, and it was once ruled by the Minoans. You might know the name -- the Palace site is also considered to be the mythical Minotaur's home. You can still see a fresco of the creature painted on the palace walls.

Walking through, visit the queen's megaron, with its reconstructed fresco of blue dolphins. Also check out the palace courtyard, and the Throne Room. You'll get a real sense of scale and accomplishment from the Minoans and their King Minos, despite having been around 9,000 years ago.


almost 3 years ago

Knossos

The Minoan civilisation was named after the mythical King Minos who kept the bull-headed Minotaur in a secret labyrinth (it was defeated by Theseus of Athens, helped by a beautiful princess and a ball of string). Long regarded as just stories, the remarkably maze-like passages of the palace of Knossos were only excavated by Sir Arthur Evans at the beginning of the 20th century. He brought to light a whole new people, with a remarkable new writing script, as well as stunning frescoes which are reproduced on the walls of this impressive site.