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Crete, Greece

Rachel Rose (left) with Emmy (tour guide in Crete alone)

Knossos Minoan Palace Reconstruction


Knossos, the famous Minoan Palace lies 5 kilometres southeast of Heraklion, in the valley of the river Kairatos. The river rises in Archanes, runs through Knossos and reaches the sea at Katsabas, the Minoan harbour of Knossos.

In Minoan times the river flowed all year round and the surrounding hills were covered in oak and cypress trees, where today we see vines and olives. The pine trees inside the archaeological site were planted by Evans.

Constant habitation for 9,000 years has brought about great changes to the natural environment, so it is hard to imagine what the Minoan landscape was like.

Knossos, the 1st and 2nd Palace

The first settlement in the Knossos area was established circa 7000 BC, during the Neolithic Period. The economic, social and political development of the settlement led to the construction of the majestic Palace of Knossos towards the end of the second millennium BC.

Knossos was the seat of the legendary King Minos and the main centre of power in Crete.

This first Palace was destroyed circa 1700 BC. It was rebuilt and destroyed again by fire, this time definitively, in 1350 BC. The environs of the Palace were transformed into a sacred grove of the goddess Rhea, but never inhabited again.

The Palace of Knossos is the monumental symbol of Minoan civilisation, due to its construction, use of luxury materials, architectural plan, advanced building techniques and impressive size.

Christmas-like pine trees

Surprise 64th Birthday for Mack Harris

Written by Mara Kanari (Greek Islands Tour Guide)

May you live Mack

For many years

May you grow old

With grey hair

May you everywhere spread

The light of knowledge

And everyone will say

There is a wise man!

Waiting for a bus to take us to Dikteon Cave

Libya is not far over there . . . only 200 miles south

Donkey ride or walk to Dikteon Cave

Dikteon Cave Entrance