Charging Bull Fresco


This famous fresco adorns Sir Arthur Evans’ restored elevated, colonnaded west bastion of the north entrance of the palace.

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1. Throne Room

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Behind an antechamber, this beautifully proportioned room is separated by a pillar from a sunken basin that may have been used for purification rituals…

2. Fresco Gallery

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Replicas of the ancient site's most famous artworks are displayed here.

3. Lustral Basin

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In the northwestern corner, this reconstructed columned structure shelters a below-ground basin that archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans believed was where…

4. Central Court

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At the heart of the palace, the Central Court was hemmed in by high walls during Minoan times. Rooms facing the western side of the courtyard had official…

5. Magazine of the Giant Pithoi

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Covered storerooms in the east wing hold giant clay jars decorated with ornamental relief that once held oil, wine and other staples. They were…

6. Piano Nobile

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From the Piano Nobile you can get a view of the clay storage vessels in the west magazines.

7. Drainage System

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Remnants of a drainage channel and underground clay pipes show that the Minoans had developed a sophisticated water-supply and sewage system.

8. Grand Staircase

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The impressive grand staircase leads down to the royal apartments.