Knossos, the largest bronze age archaeological site found on the island of crete, was the political and ceremonial center of the minoan culture and civilizationit consisted of an ancient palace as well as the city that surrounded it the area is located south of the modern-day city of iraklion, which is on the north coast of crete. Knossos or cnossus (both: nŏs`əs), ancient city of crete, on the north coast, near modern iráklionthe site was occupied long before 3000 bc, and it was the center of an important bronze age culture it is from a study of the great palace, as well as other sites in crete, that knowledge of the minoan civilization minoan civilization, ancient cretan culture representing a stage in the. The palace at knossos was a place of high color, as were greek buildings in the classical period, and as are greek buildings today in the em period, the walls and pavements were coated with a pale red derived from red ochre in addition to the background coloring,. A big part of the knossos palace was devoted to storage this was a royal warehouse as much as a seat of government the centralized storage and redistribution of goods was a key function of many early states or quasi-state societies we have a very detailed description of how this worked among the iroquois, for example. The original palace of knossos was constructed around 1900 bc, but a few hundred years later, an earthquake destroyed it in its place, another palace was built on an even grander scale in 1900, restoration, undertaken by sir arthur evans, which was controversial at the time, offered great insight into the complexity of minoan life nearly.
Knossos, the apartments of the queen interior view of the queen’s apartments in knossos, which are smaller than the king’s but equally luxurious the queen's apartments contained windows, benches, a corridor and secondary rooms in which were found a bathroom with running water, and sarcophagi. Controversy about the palace of knossos essay palace of knossos the palace of knossos is the largest bronze age archaeological site on crete and possibly the political and cultural centre of minoan civilisation, possibly the oldest in europe the ruins of knossos were. Knossos, the largest minoan palace on crete palace of knossos knossos is located about 3 miles south of heraklion on a flat, largely artificially constructed hill, which was known in ancient times under the name ‘tselepi’ or ‘kefala. Knossos archaeological site: minoan palace of knossos - see 3,065 traveler reviews, 2,582 candid photos, and great deals for heraklion, greece, at tripadvisor we felt the controversial reconstructions helped our appreciation of the place ask dicknjan about knossos archaeological site.
The palace of knossos was the centre of the minoan civilization that flourished on the island of crete from the 18th-15th centuries bc it was a vast palace that was used as a religious and administrative centre. The controversial restoration by sir arthur evans of the ruins of the palace of knossos greek archeologist nikolaos platon devised a chronology of the civilization based on excavations of minoan palaces. Sir arthur evans minoan archaeology cannot really be understood properly without considering the controversial figure of sir arthur evans arthur evans not only excavated the palace of minos, the greatest of the cretan palaces, but he also invented the cretan civilisation, being the first to recognise it as being a distinct civilisation all of its own. Knossos has been inhabited longer than any other site in crete the first neolithic settlers probably arrived some time before 7,000 - 6,000 bce, making their the first settlement on what was to be the eventual site of the palace. Sir arthur evans and the excavation of the palace at knossos before work began in crete by the british archaeologist evans at knossos (1900), and his american contemporary harriet boyd at gournia (1901-1904 see box 1), knowledge of the bronze age minoan culture was only faintly reflected in a few classical greek myths.
Evans' restoration of the palace at knossos remain controversial, but do give an impression of the vivid color that covered most surfaces artist renderings perhaps give a more accurate view. Knossos, traces of king minos (crete, greece) europe / greece / southern and although the site is still a matter of controversy for the ruins of the magnificent castle and the beautiful buildings, the caravanserai, villa kingdom, and the little court the palace is the main attraction of the tour to this place knossos crete beautiful. The palace at knossos after the road sign mix-up and unplanned road trip of the previous day, we decided to take a completely different approach to knossos starting early in the morning, we drove to iraklio and took the port exit.
Palace of knossos was the residence of the mythical king minos, the son of zeus and europa by annie m we visited this ancient ruin, learning so much about the history of crete and greek mythology. Knossos or cnossus (both: nŏs´əs), ancient city of crete, on the north coast, near modern iráklion the site was occupied long before 3000 bc, and it was the center of an important bronze age  culture. Knossos, the largest and most important of the minoan palaces, and the most visited, lies some 5km southeast of iráklionthe mythological home of king minos and the minotaur, it dates from the second millennium bc, and its vast interconnected rooms and corridors provide a fitting backdrop to the legend. This movie presents scenes of worship at knossos and other sacred sites of the minoan bronze age with the following themes: 1 shrines, 2 priestesses wielding the power of the goddess, 3. The palace of knossos is one of the most popular places to visit in crete continuously inhabited for over 7000 years, it became the heart of minoan civilisation.
Controversy about the palace of knossos topics: knossos, the palace at knossos is the largest, with an area of approximately twenty two thousand square metres it is located in the valley of the kairatos river and said to be where king minos of ancient greek mythology lived. Knossos palace is a monumental symbol of the minoan civilization, due to its construction, the use of luxurious materials, the painted plaster, marble revetments and wall-paintings adorning the rooms and passages. The indiana jones of crete, sir arthur evans was an amateur archaeologist who had a large inheritance thanks to his dad he was a good archaeologist for his time, documenting as he went and strategically.
The unique contribution of the minoan civilization to european architecture is possibly most evident in the great palace structures of the major minoan centres of knossos, phaistos, malia and zakros perhaps influenced by egypt and the near east and evolving through the monumental tombs of the. Knossos, knossos avenue, heraklion, the most famous site in all of crete is the ruins of what was, thousands of years ago, the center of minoan civilization and the capital of minoan crete this stunning site, restored (with some controversy) at the turn of the last century, is best explored with a guide. Controversy at knossos sir arthur evans was an archeologist who did excavations at the palace of knossos in crete he decided that it would be a good idea to restore some of the frescoes and architecture so that people could see what it might have looked like in ancient days. Palace of knossos the palace of knossos is the largest bronze age archaeological site on crete and possibly the political and cultural centre of minoan civilisation, possibly the oldest in europe.
Knossos, “renowned as a glorious site of the greek bronze age, the leader of crete and the seat of the palace of the mythical king minos and the home of the enigmatic labyrinth,” was the prosperous epicenter of minoan culture, explains antonis kotsonas, a university of cincinnati assistant professor of classics who highlights his field.