In today’s post I wish to share a few more photos and some info re: Knossos, Crete, specifically pertaining to the palace. Knossos was the capital of Minoan Crete, and had the largest and most sophisticated palace on the island. The palace had more than 1,000 rooms. The archaeologist and excavator Sir Arthur Evans determined that the palace was three to five stories high.
The Great Propylon (monumental gateway) is featured in our photo below:
Some of our group are among the people in this photo; it was a cool, brisk March morning as you can tell by the coats most are wearing.
This monumental pillared gateway was the entrance to the palace on the south side. It was decorated with the Cup-Bearer figured. See photo below.
The throne room is thought to have been used as council and and law court for King Minos and the priesthood. See photo below.
Note the griffins which “guarded” the throne. These mythical beasts with eagle’s head and lion’s body are thought to have symbolized royal and divine power. In the floor you see a basin, used for ritual cleansing.
At the north end of the palace, located at the end of the road for the harbor, was another entrance to to the palace. You will notice it is decorated with a “Bull” fresco. See our photo:
On the west side of the palace is the theater. It was a stepped court located at the end of the Royal Road. Some suggest its usage was for rituals associated with the reception of visitors.
The theater steps would have seated about 400 people.
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