Knossos: Revisiting the Minoan Civilisation

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As a holder of a UK driving license I was sceptical about hiring a car whenever im abroad. I rather use public transport. But this time I decided to hire a car, more freedom to travel around the island. It’s my birthday holiday getaway here in Crete, a beautiful greek island sourounded by Mediterranean and Eagan sea. Means wonderful beaches to laze around. It has been said that it has lots of archaeological sites. The best way to explore is driving to see as much of different sites dotted around the island. So here I am driving around on the wrong side of the road, it really felt so weird. But I quickly got used to it, and thanks to the GPS I swiftly navigated around the area.

As planned I wanted to visit Knossos. Getting out from Hersonissos wasn’t a problem. But getting off from Iraklio and missing out the exit was a disaster! Panic starts as I drove round in a loop around the city centre of Iraklio. After 20 minutes of driving, at last I joined the motorway again.

Getting in to Knossos was easy. I found a free parking just next to the place. The Knossos is the largest palace in Crete. It was built in Khepala hill, the location was perfect. It was first settled in neolithic period 6700-3200. The first palace built around 1900 bc and was destroyed 300 years later after a massive earthquake. Then they rebuilt the palace and expanded continously resulting in a complex. But then again a major fire completely damaged the palace.
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The first discovery was in 1878, when the first excavation took place.
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They found the West magazine its where the huge jars are stored called “Kassellas”. The remains of the grand stairs that leads to the Royal chamber or so called Megara and copies of minoan frescoes. A stunning remains of Minoan architectural constructions.
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Walking around the ruins, you can easily tell that the grandeur of the palace. You can spend a day wandering around and capturing every corner and imagining it from its glorious time. As evidence its sturdy brightly coloured painted colonades.
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The palace is very impressive and fascinating. A day trip is highly recommended to revisit the Minoan civilisation and it’s remarkable sophistication.

Have you been to any archaeological sites? I would love  to hear your story, leave your comments below.

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Anneklien
Hi Im Meanne Anneklien, a part time traveller and photographer. I love solo travelling and through this blog I would like to inspire others to travel more. Lets explore and experience first hand the different cultures, customs and sample the world cuisines, and meeting amazing people along our wonderful journeys.

25 thoughts on “Knossos: Revisiting the Minoan Civilisation

  1. Stunning place!!
    It´s incredible how the Greeks have so many well preserved ruins, ancient sites… It´s like going back in time and imagine all the opulent society they had.
    Congrats for driving on the “right” side of the road. When I was in UK, I didn’t take the risk to drive.. Roundabouts looks too confusing for me…
    Safe journey,
    Nat

  2. It’s amazing how well preserved the ruins are in Knossos. Your photos really tell the story so well. Renting a car abroad can be a challenge but in the end the treasures you got to explored seemed more than worth it.

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