Visiting Knossos

The ancient city of Knossos (pronounced k-NOHS-sohs on Crete) was rediscovered by Sir Arthur Evans in the early 1900s. He found amazing pieces of art and pottery in the maze-like city. But what Knossos is probably most famous for is the legend of the Minotaur.

Knossos Site

I was lucky enough to visit the ruin of Knossos. Admittedly, I was a little disappointed that most of what’s there isn’t original, since Sir Evans had a LOT of reconstruction and repainting done. But it was still an amazing place. The light-wells were the most intriguing things for me. These were basically cut-outs from the top of a structure all the way down, like a well — only instead of holding water, it held light. Sunlight could shine in through the top and light up a room two floors down. Pretty ingenious!

Knossos Ruin

The city really is like a maze, with stairs leading every which way, floors and rooms at every level, storage wells and rooms here and there. It definitely made me see how anyone could say it might have been the legendary Labyrinth of the Minotaur. When I tried to exit the site, I didn’t (ahem) get lost . . . not really. I just took a detour, that’s all.

If you ever make it to Knossos, make sure you stay with your group. And don’t forget to look closely at some of the wall blocks every now and again. Let the chills run through you when you notice a double-ax carved into a few of them and remember that all those myths might actually have some true history to them. . . .

Knossos Double Ax    Knossos Bull Head


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    E.S. Ivy June 23, 2013 (2:36 pm)

    Very cool! Especially the light wells!

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      VKF June 29, 2013 (8:43 pm)

      Yeah, it was amazing ingenuity!

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