Knossos is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site in Crete and is said to be the oldest town in Europe.

The name Knossos, which dates back to the Neolithic period, survives from ancient Greek references to the great city of Crete. The palace of Knossos was the ceremonial centre of Minoan civilisation and culture. The palace was built at the end of the Late Bronze Age, around AD. 380-1100 BC.

Archaeologically, the terms ‘Knossos’ and ‘palace’ are somewhat ambiguous. The palace was never just the residence of a ruler, although it did contain rooms that might have been suitable for a royal family. Most structures, however, were designed to serve a civic, religious and economic centre.

The palace has been built continuously over the centuries, so that its current appearance is questionable as to whether it ever really looked as it did. Nevertheless, this palace complex has been constantly maintained and, fortunately, we are able to visit this world-famous complex ourselves, which is well worth a visit for its monumentality.

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