Hall of the Double Axes

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Knossos , Greece
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Within the royal apartments is the Hall of the Double Axes. This was the king's megaron, a spacious double room in which the ruler both slept and carried out certain court duties. The room had a light well at one end and a balcony at the other to ensure air circulation.

The room takes its name from the double axe marks on its light well. These marks appear in many places at Knossos. The labrys (double axe) was a sacred symbol to the Minoans, and the origin of our word 'labyrinth'.