Crete - The palace of Knossos (bull fresco)Most of the ruins that can be seen date from 1700 BC though the first buildings on here were erected around 1900 BC. After 1700 BC the complex was rebuilt after an earthquake between 1450 BC and 1500 BC. Fire devastated it about 50 years after this which also coincides with the end of Minoan civilisation.
Crete - The palace of KnossosThere is not much on site that informs the visitor what they are looking at so a good guide book and perhaps even being part of a tour would be a good bet. I always wonder how much the guides actually know and how much is made up for the tourists. After all, what qualifications do these people need? Are they local history enthusiasts or archeologists supplementing their wages? Or just amateurs gifted at telling a tale?
Crete - Camping it up in KnossosMyself and Nick doing a great impression of a couple of members of the homo persuasion.
Crete - Dolphin FrescoAbove the door to the queen's apartments is a copy of the Dolphin Fresco, one of the most exquisite of Minoan artworks. The original is held in the Heraklion Archeolgical Museum.
Crete - Palace of Knossos - Minoan columnsThis photo shows the Minoan style of column which are tapered at the bottom.