Monday, June 29, 2009

Knosos

Had a lunch opposite of Knossos
in a small rather touristic taverna,
but cannot go wrong if choosing the typical Greek food!
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Horiatiki, tsatsiki, dolmades... once again!
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Greek souveniers on a wall of a shop
. Archaeological site of Knosos
Knosos is steeped in mystery and enchantment.
In legend, it was the seat of King Minos,
beneath whose palace the bull-headed Minotaur hunted its victims
in the labyrinth built by Daedalus.
In reality, it was the hub of a Bronze age empire
that held sway over the Aegean more than 4.000 years ago.
This part of the Knosos story only began to be unearthed
at the beginning of the 20th century,
when British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans began excavations of the site.
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Throne Room
A stone throne - supposedly that of King Minos -
stands next to basin,
which is believed to have been used for ritual purification,
perhaps before sacrifices were made to honour the gods
. Central Court
All Minoan palaces were built around a central courtyard.
This would have been the hub of the complex
and would probably have been used for ceremonial purposes
and for royal audiences.
The courtyard of Knosos has a commanding view of the valley.

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