Scorching sun, lots of ruins ,rough surface to walk on (stones, pebbles, rocks). From the gate it looks compact, but one thing leads to another and even after three hours there , I haven't seen it all. It's huge and complex. The Palace of Knossos. (The name covers main palace, little palace, royal villa, priest's house with the altar, official entrance Caravanserai serving as baths for the guests, theater area, royal tomb-sanctuary).
father and son checking the site map
tourists listening to guide; 'cup bearers' fresco behind
Knossos is located some 5 kilometers from the center of Heraklion and it is one of the most significant attractions in Crete, being considered the craddle of the Minoan civilization of the Bronze Age.
The Palace, built on a hill, residence of King Minos, and the administrative center of the entire island of Crete at that time, was set around a central courtyard.
It had royal chambers with precious objects, a throne room, banquet halls; storage rooms, irrigation arrangements, workshops, wall paintings.
staircase to the royal chambers
big storage jars
Walking among the reconstructed remains one gets a fairly good impression of the complexity and sophistication of the palace. Moreover, one also gets feelings of exultation about wandering in a piece of the ancient Greek world.
'ladies in blue' fresco
'bull leaping' fresco
'prince of the lilies' fresco
Outside the site of the Palace, across the street - a row of souvenir shops. I bought some souvenirs as a nice finish to my Knossos 'adventure'.