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Knossos

One of the top, in historical value and number of visitors, archaeological site in Europe, at 5km. from Herakleion city.
Knossos, the sovereign city state of Crete, existed already since the 7th millennium B.C. until the Roman period.
The archaeological discoveries which are visible today to the visitor, belong to the second palace (20,000sq.m.) that was built immediately, after a destructive fire, in 1700B.C. at the same place as the first. The second palace was destroyed by the explosion of Santorini's volcano in1450B.C.
According to the archaeological studies, the palace of Knossos was inhabited by the Royal families of each historical period.
The family of King Minos" constitutes the most known for us and perhaps the last and more dramatic, family of blue-blooded who lived at Knossos.
The first discoveries in the region, with a curious onomatologic coincidence, became from Minos Kalokerinos in 1878B.C. completed finally by Arthur Evans.
The palace of Knossos was characterized as the most impressive building of the ancient world, thanks to its high architecture, the live murals and the irreproachable functionalism of his spaces, subjects unknown for the total of ancient populations.
Is the first royal building on different levels, in the European history, with baths, supplies of water and fognature system.

 
See also

  • the symbolic Lavrys (Double axe), dominating everywhere in the space, 
  • the most ancient European Throne with fabulous "Grypas" decorating the walls,
  • the Queen's Appartments and the famous dolphins, 
  • the Tripartite Sanctuary, 
  • the Villa of Ariadnes,
  • the Theatre,  
  • the enigmatic Prince with Lilys.