Archaeological Site in Knossos

Palace of Knossos

Crete’s most famous historical attraction is the Palace of Knossos (k-nos-os), the grand capital of Minoan Crete, located 5km south of Iraklio. The setting is evocative and the ruins and re-creations impressive, inc…
Archaeological Site in Knossos

Giant Pithoi

Located in the west magazines, or storage rooms, giant pithoi (clay jars) once held oil, wine and other staples.
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

Lustral Basin

The lustral basin is where, it’s believed, Minoans performed a ritual water cleansing before religious ceremonies.
Archaeological Site in Knossos

Piano Nobile

On the 1st floor of the west side of the palace is the section Evans called the Piano Nobile, for he believed the reception and staterooms were here. A room at the northern end of this floor displays copies of some …
Archaeological Site in Knossos

Queen’s Megaron

Considered to be the ruler's wife’s quarters. Above the door is a copy of the Dolphin Fresco, one of the most exquisite Minoan artworks.
Archaeological Site in Knossos

Theatral Area

A series of shallow steps whose function remains unknown, but possibly a theatre where spectators watched performances, or where people gathered to welcome important visitors arriving by the Royal Road.
Archaeological Site in Knossos

Grand Staircase

The impressive grand staircase leads down to the royal apartments.
Historic Site in Knossos


A trio of circular pits, called kouloures, that were used for grain storage.
Archaeological Site in Knossos

Throne Room

One of the palace’s most important rooms and believed to have been a shrine, the Throne Room contains a simple, beautifully proportioned alabaster throne and walls decorated with frescoes of griffins, mythical beast…