Good morning from Crete! The first post of the story of our holidays in the largest Greek island is dedicated to the Palace of Knossos. Today I tell you what are the best times to visit it and why you need to take the guide.
The Palace of Knossos is the main reason why we decided to visit Crete.
Today I give you some advice on the best times to visit it and because I think it’s better to have a guide.
The Palace of Knossos has a long and troubled history, with many myths and many realities.
It was built in the Minoan era around 2000 a.c. First destroyed by an earthquake, it was rebuilt in 1500 a.c. and then again it was demolished by a fire.
The Palace of Knossos occupied an area of about 22,000 square meters, had 1300 rooms and housed 12,000 people!
It is famous for the legend of the labyrinth of the Minotaur and for the myth of Theseus and Arianna.
The king of Crete, Minos, had indeed received as a gift from Zeus a beautiful white bull with the promise that he would sacrifice it in his name. But since Minos had something of Jack Sparrow, he decided instead to keep the beautiful cattle and to sacrifice a less expensive one.
Zeus noticed it and to punish him he made sure that the queen fell in love with the bull and that they conceived together the Minotaur, the legendary figure half man and half bull.
Let’s say that the queen would have made a modern pornstar blush ….
One day Theseus, son of the king of Athene, embarked to Crete to interrupt a macabre tradition that provided for every 9 years the sacrifice to the Minotaur of 9 boys and 9 girls Athenians.
As soon as he arrived at the Palace of Knossos he met Arianna, the daughter of Minos who, to help him move through the labyrinth of the Minotaur, equipped him with a thread that would lead him to the exit.
Once the Minotaur was killed and the tradition broken, Theseus embarked for Athens together with Arianna and … he dumped her on an island!
Theseus was the forerunner of all modern men ha ha ha ha!
In any case, what’s true?
King Minos really existed, he probably set up bullfighting games in which boys and girls were chased and gored by the bulls. The labyrinth is actually the building itself, which due to its size and its mammoth structure was really difficult to travel around.
How do I know all this? Thanks to the guide (in Italian) that we hired at the entrance to the Palace of Knossos.
You do not need to book it in advance, the guides (in various languages) will approach you as soon as you cross the threshold of the Palace.
The ticket you buy will be valid both for the Palace of Knossos and for the museum of Candia where you will find the original finds and frescoes.
I recommend you visit the Palace of Knossos around 5 pm to avoid dying from the heat. The building remains open until 6 pm. After that move to the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion which is open until 8 pm. It is located in Heraklion city about 5 km away from the Palace of Knossos.
I was wearing:
Ynot T shirt
Gardini Spirit sandals
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