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Located in Knossos, the city that is considered to be the oldest in Europe, is the Palace of Knossos. This palace is where the mythical king Minos is supposed to have lived for about three hundred years, starting in 17th century BC. This place is considered as the most magnificent of Minoan monuments. This palace has one of the richest histories in the region and also has a lot of folklore amongst the locals. The exemplary piece of art is worth a visit during the tour of Greece.
Visit the palace in the oldest city of Europe, Palace of Knossos
The west court of the palace intersects with the processional causeways. This is the place from where the king would observe the parades passing by, saluting the king during ceremonies. This court is based on large blocks of gypsum which were a marvel in itself back then.
The Kouloures are the three large pits near the west court. These pits are brick lined, but the specific function of the pits is still unknown. It is speculated that these might be to store grains or for dumping the waste of the palace or even for dumping the leftovers of the sacred offerings.
The west porch is a roofed area. This porch opened into the west court and is supported by a single column which is commendable. The east wall of the porch is decorated with a fresco which is the Greek paintings. This fresco is of a leaping bull. This porch is from where the corridor of the procession began.
The name of the throne room comes from the presence of a stone throne in the room during its prime days. There are traces of exotic wooden construction in this room in the past. This room is decorated with various frescos on the walls all around. To the right and left of the stone, the seat is more stone benches. Stone vases and other ancient objects are also present in the room indicating that this was one of the important rooms during the period of the rulers. The room is known to be used for ceremonies with the main stone seat said to be reserved for the king and the others for the attendees of the ceremony.
The central court is an architectural element of the Minoan palace. The dimensions of the palace are 50m in length and 25m in width. The humongous room served as the central court of the king. This room is connected to all of the other wings of the palace and also has an exit which directly leads outside the palace. This room is said to be for all the meetings and rituals of sacred as well as profane characters. This room had a dedicated drainage system to evacuate the rainwater. The magnificence of this room is immense.
The Queen's Megaron is located in the royal apartments of the palace. This is rumored to have been the chambers of the queen. The walls of the room are all decorated with frescos of dolphins and women dancing. Attached to this room is a bath with the remains of a clay bath found.
How to Get Tickets?
The tickets are available at the entrance of the attraction. The ticketing counters tend to have long queues and fairly long waiting times.
How To Get Around?
Getting around the monument is not easy, but walking is the way to go. Precautions need to be taken to make sure not to get lost in this huge palace.
What Should I Wear?
Casual clothes are the way to go. Wear something comfortable preferably with shoes.
Best Time to Visit
June to September is considered as the best time to visit Crete. The weather is delightful during this period.
Will I Need a Guide?
Yes, a guide is highly recommended. Local guides are available through booking for one beforehand is preferable.
How To Get There?
Crete is well connected by the road as well as by flights. There are plenty of buses plying to Crete and travel times by road are not too long.
Make sure to carry a bag of essentials and water. Beware around the palace as it is in ruins as well as a little fragile.