Seven months around the world.... August 2004 - March 2005 travel blog

Map of the Palace at Knossos - island of Crete.

The palace was mostly in ruins, with some restored parts to give...

The Englishman surmissed this was a building for meeting guests, with a...

Lower center - a couple of 5000 year old storage containers, for...

The main set of stairs within the palace, looking from the major...

Upon closer look, see the original bases for the roof pillars -...

Water drainage system with gutters from ancient Greece.

On the right side of hole - clay enclosed gutters from within...

The two floors for the living quarters of the royalty.

Original stairs to master bedrooms - and to think, Cretean heavyweights used...

More interpretation of the royal quarters in the lower right - looks...


While on Crete, I spent an afternoon hanging around a place called Knossos, an ancient palace from the 2000 BC era. Some Englishman had (re) discovered it after WWI, and even went so far as to re-build little bits of it based on his interpretation of the lay of the palace. While there seems to be some controversy about his interpretation, I enjoyed the little that he did, because it gave a better feel for the scale and grandeur of the palace in its prime - quite impressive, from the size of the rooms and the quality of rock craftmanship, to the detail of the way they ran the drainage system underground with ceramic gutters (a few of which you can still see). Very cool to be taken back to that time. It reminded me of the movies I've seen of that time, so that stuff isn't made up (or at least not entirely).



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