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The Palace of Knossos

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The northern area of Crete was inhabited at least 7,000 years BC and this is all that is left of the 3,000 year old Palace of Knossos in Iraklio, Crete...

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The palace of Knossos was the ceremonial and political centre of the Minoan civilization and culture. The palace was abandoned at some unknown time at the end of the Late Bronze Age, c. 1,380–1,100 BC. and although it is often said that it was destroyed by the eruption of the Santorini volcano and subsequent tsunami, it seems more likely that it was destroyed by the Mycenaeans or other rival civilizations...

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Visiting the ruins of Knossos turned into an interesting experience when several English speaking guides almost came to blows when deciding whose turn it was to take us on a tour. The guide who eventually agreed to take us was harassed throughout the tour by one of the losers. However, we got to see the site which, it turned out, was little more than a pile of old rocks. We also saw some interesting pieces of Minoan pottery of indeterminate age...

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The ruins of the Palace of Knossos were of particular interest to us as Greek mythology suggests that it is the place of the labyrinth where the minotaur lived. Apparently, King Minos dwelt in a palace at Knossos. He had Daedalus construct a labyrinth in which to retain his son, the Minotaur. However, our guide was unable to show us a labyrinth or explain where it had been, but we saw lots more Greek urns..

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We also saw one reconstructed building with murals...

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And lots of cats...

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James has a sad story about a cat in the ruins of Knossos, but it is best left untold.

Posted by Hawkson 14:46 Archived in Greece

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