| KNOSSOS - REVIEWS|
| Madeleine Keane
The greatest appeal of Greece is its antiquity|
Date : 9- -0 2005
Time : 05 : 2
The greatest appeal of Greece is its antiquity. And we were located in the perfect place from which to explore one of the most important archaeological sights in the world. I took the bus early one morning for a trip called 'Minoan Highlights'. We started with a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, which houses the most important collection of Minoan art and artefacts in the world.
The collection itself is awe-inspiring - giant olive urns, delicate jewellery, extraordinary frescoes - but the museum itself belongs in a museum, it is so dated. A new one is planned: there's just the not inconsiderable problem of what they found on the site - the remains of a Roman villa and a Venetian aqueduct, part of a Turkish town and a Franciscan monastery.
After a brief coffee stop, we proceeded to Knossos. Until the distinguished archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans excavated the site at the beginning of the last century, Knossos was believed to be a mythical place where Theseus slayed the Minotaur and escaped the labyrinth with the help of Ariadne's thread. You can now view the palace and its throne room and other remnants of a highly sophisticated and thriving civilisation that existed over 3,000 years ago.
As I stood looking down at a grassy avenue leading away from the place, and listened to the guide describe it as the oldest road in Europe, I shivered: Knossos truly is one of those rare places where you really feel the weight of history, almost hear the sounds of our ancestors going about their business.
Date : 2- -1 2004
Time : 07 : 2
this place is really excellent, what you can see there you wont find in other places. Thank you you Creta for such an expirience!!!