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Top Choice Archaeological Site in Knossos

Palace of Knossos

Crete’s most famous historical attraction is the Palace of Knossos, the grand capital of Minoan Crete, located 5km south of Iraklio. The setting is evocative and the ruins and recreations impressive, incorporating a…
Archaeological Site in Knossos

Throne Room

Behind an antechamber, this beautifully proportioned room is separated by a pillar from a sunken basin that may have been used for purification rituals preceding ceremonies held in the presence of the king. The rule…
Archaeological Site in Knossos

Queen’s Megaron

With its painted pillars and playful dolphin fresco on the far wall, Evans believed this pretty space in the residential eastern wing to have been the queen's bedroom, complete with adjacent 'bathroom'.
Archaeological Site in Knossos

Central Court

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 and religious purposes, while the residential quarters were …
Archaeological Site in Knossos

Magazine of the Giant Pithoi

Covered storerooms in the east wing hold giant clay jars decorated with ornamental relief that once held oil, wine and other staples. They were transported by slinging rope through handles affixed to the sides.
Archaeological Site in Knossos

Drainage System

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

Hall of the Double Axes

The Hall of the Double Axes is a spacious double room, possibly where the ruler both slept and carried out court duties. It takes its name from the double axe marks (labrys) on its light well, a sacred symbol to the…
Archaeological Site in Knossos

Theatral Area

In the northwest corner of the Knossos Archaeological Site, this series of shallow steps may have served as a theatre where spectators watched performances, or where people gathered to welcome important visitors arr…
Archaeological Site in Knossos

North Lustral Court

In the northwestern corner, this reconstructed columned structure shelters a below-ground basin that Evans believed was where visitors performed a ritual water cleansing before entering the palace via the adjacent n…
Archaeological Site in Knossos

Queen’s Bathroom & WC

Next to the queen's bedroom, but barely visible through glass, the ruler's wife's 'bathroom' may have had a clay bathtub and a primitive type of water closet with water poured down by hand.