Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Minoan palace of Knossos, Crete


Informative video. It's worth watching. I'd love to go there one day.

3 comments:

orsh549 said...

I also watched the 7 min. plus video about Minoan Civilization and that was very good. I was wondering if that segment was from a movie or a documentary. The effects were good and the music was very fitting.

Steven Lester said...

Was all of this destroyed when Santorini blew up some time around 1650 BC?

PEPLUM Cinema said...

here's some info on the palace:

'The celebrated palace of Knossos, the most magnificent Minoan monument, residence of the mythical king Minos, was for about three hundred years - from 1650 BC to 1350 BC - the main centre of power in Crete. Its history is even longer and its architecture as complex as its functions. The palace was built early in the second millennium and destroyed two hundred years later, at the end of the Palaeopalatial period. It was rebuilt in a more splendid form, suffered fresh disasters and repairs and was ultimately destroyed by fire in 1350 BC. For the last hundred years of its life, it was the seat of the Mycenaean dynasty that had succeeded the Minoan kings after the large scale disaster in Crete in 1450 BC and the collapse of the Minoan palace system.

Built with sumptuous materials, on the basis of an intricate and coherent architectural design, using highly advanced construction techniques, and boasting an impressive water supply and sewage system, the palace of Knossos, twice the size (ca. 22.000 sq. meters and 1.400 rooms) of the other two large palaces at Phaistos and Malia, is the monumental symbol of the Minoan civilisation. Labyrinthine corridors and the famous Grand Staircase linked the multiple areas of buildings from three to five storeys high that were situated around the Central Court. '