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Palace of Knossos, Heraklion,GREECE, Crete

August 29, 2019

Visited the Palace of Knossos on my LAST day in Crete.
Knossos (also Cnossos, both pronounced /(kə)ˈnɒsɒs-səs/GreekΚνωσόςKnōsós [knoˈsos]), is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete and has been called Europe's oldest city.[3]
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Restored North Entrance with charging bull fresco
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Crete, showing Heraklion, location of ancient Knōsos
Alternative nameCnossus
LocationHeraklionCrete, Greece
RegionNorth central coast, 5 km (3.1 mi) southeast of Heraklion
Coordinates35°17′53″N 25°9′47″E
TypePalace complex, administrative centre, capital of Crete and regions within its jurisdiction
LengthNorth-south length of inhabited area is 5 km (3.1 mi)[1]
WidthEast-west width of inhabited area is 3 km (1.9 mi) max.
AreaTotal inhabited area: 10 km2 (3.9 sq mi). Palace: 14,000 m2 (150,000 sq ft)[2]
FoundedFirst settlement about 7000 BC. First palace dates to 1900 BC.
AbandonedSome time in Late Minoan IIIC, 1380–1100 BC
PeriodsNeolithic to Late Bronze Age. First palace built in the Middle Minoan IA period.
Associated withMiddle Minoan: people of unknown ethnicity termed Minoans Late Minoan: Mycenaean Greeks
Site notes
Excavation dates1900–1931
ArchaeologistsInitial discoverers of the palace: Arthur EvansDavid George Hogarth, Director of the British School of Archaeology at AthensDuncan Mackenzie, superintendent of excavation; Theodore Fyfe, Architect; Christian Doll, Architect
For the additional work on the Neolithic starting in 1957: John Davies Evans
ConditionRestored and maintained for visitation.
Management23rd Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities
Public accessYes
Website"Knossos". British School at Athens.
"Knossos"Odysseus. Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-06-17.
Settled as early as the Neolithic period, the name Knossos survives from ancient Greek references to the major city of Crete. The palace of Knossos eventually became the ceremonial and political centre of the Minoan civilization and culture. The palace was abandoned at some unknown time at the end of the Late Bronze Age, c. 1,380–1,100 BC.[4] The reason why is unknown, but one of the many disasters that befell the palace is generally put forward.
In the First Palace Period (around 2,000 BC), the urban area reached a size of as many as 18,000 people.[5] In its peak, the palace and surrounding city boasted a population of 100,000 people shortly after 1,700 BC.[

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