I Visited Knossos On Crete Greece The Oldest Civilization In Europe

Last Update: September 15, 2020

I was very excited, when I got back from Knossos, and I wanted to share with my WA Fam about my trip, but I got sidetracked by my gadgets that I had taken with me to document my trip. I had so many gadgets, and yet I only got a handful of video clips, and images that I was collecting for my new Youtube Channel.

I had two phones, a camera, and a laptop, yet only the footage I took with the camera was able to transfer to the laptop. I got super frustrated, to a point where I threatened the devices with serious bodily harm lol. Anyway, let me get into the post now.

Since Moving to Greece, there are a few things and places that I wanted, still would like to visit but life always gets in the way. But this past weekend I was able to visit The ancient Minoan Palace of Knossos.

The City of Knossos Was First discovered in 1878, and the excavation began in 1900, by a team led by English archaeologist, Sir Arthur John Evans.

Knossos is considered the oldest city in Europe, and the Minoan civilization is considered the first European civilization.

You Need To Start At The Archaeological Museum Of Heraklion

Knossos, is located just a few kilometers from the city center of Heraklion, Crete. But to get the clear picture of how the Minoans lived all those thousands years ago, you need to start at the archaeological museum of Heraklion.

There you will be able to experiences how the Minoans went through their daily lives, how they prepared their meals, How they stored their grain and wine(funny how humans, always found ways to make and store wine lol) how they played, and how the women of those days beautified themselves.

I was very impressed by their jewelry, and their perfume bottles, as well as their cosmetic containers.

The men, were very active and they are depicted as very athletic, with images of men wrestling and playing with very dangerous looking bulls.

You will also be able to see how they worshiped, and how they mourned and buried their dead. Its amazing how all those artifacts managed to survive thousands of years, letting us have a glimpse of life in Knossos.

All This Made Me Think About Us And What We Will Leave Behind When We Go

The image above is me posing next to a shark, I have never been that close to a shark before lol

After visiting the Palace, husband and I proceeded to visit the Creta Aquarium, and there is a section of the aquarium that made me very sad. There they displayed some of the garbage that has been collected from the sea. Beside every object, there was a sign that gave indication as to how long it would take for that particular piece of garbage to disintegrate.

One of those objects was a plastic container and the sign read that it would take 450 years. Beside the box with the garbage, was a painting of different kinds of sea creatures swimming in the sea, and below the painting it said, we were born here.

Back To Minoan Palace In Knossos

The inhabitants of Knossos, were a head of their time with everything, They were respected in the region for their majestic sea vessels, and their architecture ability. The remains of the palace, makes you imagine just how beautiful it looked during it's days.

Red, black and blue pillars with golden finish, and lots of paintings.

But what impressed me the most, was the fact that the city of Knossos had drainage and sewer system, and they also had built a paved road, and its believed that the road stretches all the way to the beach.

The Island Of Santorini, And The Volcano That Devasted Knossos

The Minoan kingdom was thriving and flourishing until a volcano in Santorini, destroyed the city of Knossos, it's believed that despite the fact that Knossos had faced disasters before and was able to rebuild, they were not able to recover from the devastation caused by the ashes that were sent to Crete from Santorini.

It all started with an earthquake that agrivated the volcano in Santorini causing it to errupt.

And it's believed that after this disaster many residents of Knossos, perished, and the few that survived seek refuge in other places to escape the suffering caused by the toxic ashes that destroyed everything in its path.

Conclusion

If you ever find yourself on the Greek island of Crete, please make sure to visit Knossos, you will be amazed especially if you like history and achiological stuff. As I mentioned, it's a good idea to start by the archaeological museum.

Actually, when you buy the ticket, they have a package where you pay 20 euros per person which gives you 3 day access to the Museum, and Knossos.

Anyway, that's all for now, Just wanted to share about my weekend adventure lol.

Thank you for your time.

Rose.

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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - I have visited dozens of Greek islands and the very first one was Crete back in 1984. I love mythology so actually seeing Knossos in person was fascinating. Thanks for bringing back some happy memories!
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Ropesa Premium
OH, OK, so I guess you visited the cave of Zeus in Psychro Lasithi is my next place to visit although I also want to visit Spinalonga after reading the book called the island by Victoria Hislop.
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DianeScorpio Premium
Oh, that's a great book, I really enjoyed it. I actually stayed in Rethymnon but spent a lot of time in Heraklion and Elounda.
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Ropesa Premium
wow, OK, I really would like to visit Elounda, so I can go to Spinalonga.
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Nellya Premium
Hi Rose, beautiful pictures. Did you take them yourself?

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Nellya
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Ropesa Premium
I took the museum one, and my husband took the one of me with the sharks, the Santorini one is from the photo library here at WA
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Nellya Premium
Bravo!
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Ropesa Premium
Thanks.
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EHR Premium
Rose, I love history. You got my "mouth watering " with what you had to share. Thanks, Gene
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Ropesa Premium
Thank you Gene, I love history too, and I honestly didn't want to leave Knossos, there were places where because of the current situation in the world they were not allowing more than one person to enter.

One of those places was the throne room and when my turn came, I went in, and I was so captivated that the guard kept saying time to go madam, and I couldn't hear him until everyone said time to leave madam lol 😂😂
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EHR Premium
I could see myself doing the same thing Rose! Gene
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RosanaHart Premium
What fun! I will never get there in person but I greatly enjoyed going with you.
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Ropesa Premium
Thank you so much for reading and commenting, glad you enjoyed my post. it was quite an experience for me, especially since I had read a lot of material about Knossos before going there.
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Joes946 Premium
Glad you enjoyed it Rose. I've been to Greece many times and it is well worth a visit.
Joe
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Ropesa Premium
Thank you, Joe, did you visit Knossos?
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Joes946 Premium
Yes. Been to most of the islands.
Joe
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Ropesa Premium
Ah, thats fantastic Joe, bet you've seen some really beautiful and interesting things.
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Joes946 Premium
The world and all it’s people are beautiful.
Joe
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Ropesa Premium
You are absolutely right.
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