Iraklio Province

The loggia was most probably used for ceremonial purposes.

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1. Grand Staircase

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This was the main staircase that led to the 'piano nobile', where important rooms such as reception areas were located.

2. Central Court

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The Central Court is the main court, measuring an impressive 48m long and 22m wide. On its western side archaeologists discovered one of the Kernos Stones…

3. Pillar Crypt

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Located behind a stone-paved vestibule within the west wing of the palace, the pillar crypt is believed to have harboured the most important rooms.

4. Altar Pit

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Believed to be an altar where animals were sacrificed (many bone remains were found here).

5. Hypostyle Hall

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The hall was a large room with six pillars, presumably supporting a second floor and/or roof. Many decorated ceramics were found here, leading…

6. Royal Apartments

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These apartments are referred to as the king's and queen's megarons, or royal halls.

7. Oblique Building

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Strangely situated and at odds with the rest of the design of the palace, this building has been dated to the 13th century BC, and was probably used by…

8. West Magazines

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The west magazines were the palace's storerooms for agricultural products. It was believed that if there was a bad harvest, these reserves were…