Knossos site discovered in 1878. Just 25 years later an Englishman named Arthur Evans decided to undertake a systematic archaeological excavation in some parts of the site findings. Evans helped by many archaeologists and self-financed the project. And although the site is still a matter of controversy for the archaeologists, but Knossos remains an archaeological site which most famous and most visited in Crete.
Thanks to the restoration funded by Evans, now visitors can enjoy the remains of the ruins of the magnificent castle and the beautiful buildings, the Caravanserai, Villa kingdom, and the Little Court. The palace is the main attraction of the tour to this place.
Outstanding construction consisting of 1300 rooms, also includes the yard, porches, stairs and hallway. It’s amazing. Many people say that the lobby is what inspired the birth of the legend of the labyrinth built by Dedale, on the orders of King Minos. The king wanted to hide the existence of a creature half man, half-bull: Minotaur. As if to reinforce legend, this place was used also as a bullring.
Next, you will see a grand staircase connects the five floors, and became one of the antique architectural masterpieces. The staircase leading to the apartments of the royal family and also serves as the entry of sunlight as lighting. Great!
That you should not miss is also the alabaster throne of King Minos had famous (the oldest existing throne) and the apartments of the Queen with luxurious rooms to bathe and perform the rituals. Look also various crafts workshop and warehouse storage jars ‘pithoi’ containing wine or olive oil.