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Voyage to Crete: Knossos
by Eti Bonn-Muller
July 22, 2009

I hope to contact the British School archaeologists working at Knossos while I’m staying in Iraklion next week, but in the meantime, I’ve decided to enjoy the iconic site as a tourist. I’ve visited several times over the years, marveling equally at the romance of the finds–deemed the improbable, mythical “Minotaur’s labyrinth” by its most famous excavator Sir Arthur Evans in the early 20th century–and extent of their reconstruction in reinforced concrete. While structured pathways give the site a sterile feel, the layout and architecture are ever impressive. Not only was the complex fitted with running water and flushing toilets, the doors were designed to slide into the walls of each room, opening up spaces and filling them with light, or closing them off to darken them, as needed.


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Near the modern entrance to the site are reconstructed bull's "Horns of Consecration" (right), a term coined by Evans to describe one of the sacred symbols of the Minoans.

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2 comments for "Voyage to Crete: Knossos"

  • Reply posted by Eric (July 29, 2009, 4:28 am):

    Have you had a chance to read Mary Beard’s review of the new book “Knossos and the Prophets of High Modernism”? It’s got some mind-bending ideas about Evans and all the weirdness that went into the reconstructions.


  • Reply posted by Cristina (August 3, 2009, 9:12 am):

    I love this place and wish to be there right now!