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Warsaw, Masovian, Poland
November 8, 2012
From journal Working in Hersonissos for the summer! Part 1
Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom
August 12, 2011
From journal East & Central Crete
ashbourne, United Kingdom
September 24, 2010
From journal With the grandchildren in Crete
Oxford, United Kingdom
October 11, 2009
From journal Cruising in the Eastern Med
November 25, 2004
The famous excavator, Arthur Evans, excavated Knossos between 1900-1906. There is a bust of Arthur Evans as you enter the West Court. Only a fraction of the site is open to the public. It is best to go early in the morning to avoid crowds and the afternoon heat. The site is 5km south of Iraklio. It is open in the summer from 8am-6pm and 8am-3pm in the winter.
There are multi-language speaking tour guides available for a fee. We signed up with a guide, waited over half an hour, and then got tired of waiting, so we went on our own. In retrospect, we would’ve enjoyed the site more if we had a guide.
From journal A Wonderfuld Week in Crete
by GB from Devizes
Devizes, United Kingdom
September 27, 2004
From journal Crete - My favourite island in the sun
August 24, 2004
Since a child, I had always been totally enraptured with tales of Greek mythology and one story in particular, that of the fearsome Minotaur. So when the opportunity arose to come to Crete for the first time in 2000, a trip to Knossos was high on the agenda.
We had a hired car and braved it through the suburbs of Heraklion onto the route out of town up to the fabled palace. No sooner are you out of the bustle of town, then Knossos looms in front of you. We parked under olive groves in the grounds of a small taverna, just 50m or so from the main entrance to the site on a swelteringly hot day, with the mercury pushing 38c.
We decided not to avail ourselves of a guide but to explore independently, giving ourselves as much or as little time as was required.
It may seem strange for an as was then 44 year old chap to be speechless and full of awe, but this was a site I'd dreamed of visiting since I was probably 8 or 9 years old and that dream was now being realised.
As we looked on at the Throne Room, the superb frescoes, the Queen's Megaron, the wonderful grand staircase, the Lustral basin, the rows of pithoi, some still scorched with flames from burning olive oil from four thousand years ago, and of course the King's Walkway, I felt that it was almost possible to imagine these ancient but highly civilised people going about their daily business within the walls of this beautiful citadel.
Critics have complained that some of the reconstructions significantly detract from the reality of the site, but how can this be? The tasteful rebuilding that has taken place since Evans' discovery only serve to show the visitor what the palace probably looked like, instead of presenting a tumbledown pile of blocks and pillars that one could never envisage as whole.
Having spent around 3 hours on the site with the Cretan sun still beating down upon us, we returned to the taverna where the car was and took a cold, long drink before departing from Knossos. Since that day, we have returned to Crete every year and Knossos is always on our agenda. There may not be an awful lot different about the site, year-on-year, but the atmosphere (to me anyway) and the continued fulfillment of a dream are priceless.
From journal Crete- Island of Myth and Mythos