Lustral Basin


In the northwestern corner, this reconstructed columned structure shelters a below-ground basin that archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans believed was where visitors performed a ritual water cleansing before entering the palace via the adjacent north gate.

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1. Theatral Area

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In the northwestern corner of the Knossos archaeological site, this series of shallow steps may have served as a theatre where spectators watched…

2. Charging Bull Fresco

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

3. Fresco Gallery

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

4. 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…

5. Piano Nobile

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

6. Palace of Knossos

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Crete’s most famous historical attraction is the Palace of Knossos, the grand capital of Minoan Crete, located 5km south of the city of Iraklio. The…

7. West Magazines

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Storerooms, and site of the giant pithoi (clay jars) that once held oil, wine and other staples.

8. 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…