The palace of Knossos - Crete - Greece

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Knossos lies 5 kilometers outside of Heraklion and can easily be reached by car. Knossos is one of the biggest excavations on Crete and has been partially been restored by Evans.
On our last day on Crete we have a late flight back. This gives us the opportunity to drive around for another day and visit Knossos.
We find Knossos quickly, only Heraklion is a chaos to drive through!
We park our car at the entrance of Knossos, buy two tickets and go in. Knossos doesn't look like the other two excavations we visited in any way. Evans has restored small bits here and there according to how he saw things must have been. There is still some controversy surrounding Evans' work in Knossos. People wonder if he had it right, but also if it was right to restore all the buildings. Some people call Knossos the Disneyland of Archeology. On every information sign in Knossos the following sentence is used "According to Evans". If you're walking through Knossos, keep this in mind.
Most artifacts which were found at Knossos, Phaistos and Gortys, are currently located in the Heraklion Museum in Heraklion.

History of Knossos

Knossos is an excavation of a Minoan palace of the legendary king Minos. During the nineteenth century a lot of building material from Knossos was removed to build houses. In 1878 Minos Kalokerinos was curious about what kind of structure had been there before and started the excavations. The west wing was soon discovered. After years of excavating the palace became visible and even a section of road was discovered which runs below the current road to Knossos. In 1899 Evans bought the terrain to restore a section of it. The total area of the excavations covers about 22.000 square meters.

The Palace of Knossos

The palace is about 4000 years old and was probably designed by the mythical architect Daedalus. The Palace of Knossos was built, according to modern architecture, in three phases around a large square. The square was probably used for open town meetings, parties, etc. The wide stairs we probably used for standing or seats. Later, more buildings were built surrounding the square and finally the complex was closed on the north side by a complex of gates.
Because the village Knossos was of a large scale, it was assumed that the palace of Knossos must have been enormous. There are several theories about the destruction of the mythical palace. It is sais that Knossos was destroyed by a volcanic eruption of Santorini. But later it became clear the palace was rebuilt and destroyed again in 1500 BC by a fire. This period coincides with the invasion of Crete by foreign cultures.

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