Minoan Palace of Knossos :1st European Civilisation
The ancient city of Knossos, near Crete’s capital
Heraklion, was the place that ‘gave birth’ to the very
first civilisation of Europe, the Minoans.
So we can say with some certainty it is Europe’s
Our excursion will open up the world of the Minoans
as we visit one of the continent’s most important
The first excavations were undertaken in the 1870s by
Minos Kalokairinos, a Cretan himself. A few decades
later in the early 1900s, more work by Sir Arthur Evans
from Britain brought to the world’s attention the full
impressive scale of the Palace of Knossos, according
to legend the residence of wise King Minos.
We will be able to explore the large Central Court,
the wonderful Throne Room, the imposing Grand
Staircase and see the fresco of the ‘Prince of the
As you stroll through the palace apartments and view
the archaeological finds, we think you will be just a
little in awe of the rich cultural heritage of the Minoan
You will undoubtedly hear the Cretan legend of the
Minotaur, half man, half bull who lived in the Labyrinth
and was slain by Theseus. But that’s another story.
Exploring from room to room we will relive time in
the Hall of the Royal Guard and the King’s Chamber,
hearing about the extraordinary rule of King Minos.