Yesterday we saw many artefacts found at Knossos, today we went to discover the largest Bronze Age archaeological site which has been called Europe’s oldest city.

Rebuilt part of the palace

The palace of Knossos was once the ceremonial and political centre of the Minoan civilisation and culture.  In its peak, the palace and surrounding city boasted a population of 100,000 people shortly after 1700 BC.

Restored North Entrance …
… with charging bull fresco
Throne Room …
… reconstructed by Evans
Concrete replacing the former wooden beams of the construction
In 1900 Arthur Evans, an English archaeologist, began systematic excavations at Knossos, which lasted until 1914. He had sufficient funds to fulfil his lifelong dream of excavating the palace.

Parts of the ruins were reconstructed by Evans into buildings, adding them to the shape he thought was the original one, which caused much criticism even then.

Beautiful pithoi, or storage jars
Monumental staircase
Columns once from tree trunks and wooden beams had been replaced by concrete 
Bronze Age brought to life with a lot of imagination – that was our impression

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