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The Throne Room at the Minoan Palace of Knossos – Crete, Greece.

The Throne Room is at the Central Court of the palace. It has an Antechamber and a lustral basin, possibly for ritual purification. This might be the throne of King Minos, however; because of the small size of this room scholars assume that it might have been the throne of a priestess. It is the oldest throne in Europe and one of the oldest (if not the oldest) in the world. The stone throne has on both sides the double epsilon ( έψιλον ) on the bottom. The fresco is depicting griffins, Minoan sacred symbols of power.

The Minoan civilization was a Bronze Age civilization which arose on the island of Crete. It was the first European civilization and claims to be the “cradle of Western civilization”. The Minoan culture flourished from approximately 2700 to 1450 BC; afterwards, Mycenaean Greek culture became dominant. Knossos was the capital of Minoan Crete. It is located south of the modern port town of Heraklion (Iraklio). Knossos was inhabited for several thousand years, beginning with a Neolithic settlement sometime in the seventh millennium BC, and was abandoned after its destruction in 1375 BC which marked the end of Minoan civilization. The first palace was built around 1900 BC on the ruins of previous settlements. It was destroyed for the first time at 1700 BC, probably by a large earthquake or foreign invaders. It was immediately rebuilt to an even more elaborate complex and until its abandonment was damaged several times during earthquakes, invasions, and in 1450 BC by the colossal volcanic eruption of Thera (Santorini), and the invasion of Mycenaeans who used it as their capital as they ruled the island of Crete until 1375 BC. Arthur Evans, the British Archaeologist who excavated the site in 1900 AD restored large parts of the palace in a way that it is possible today to appreciate the glory and complexity of a structure that evolved over several millennia and grew to occupy about 20,000 square meters. Walking through its complex multi-storied buildings one can comprehend why the palace of Knossos was associated with the mythological Labyrinth. According to Greek mythology, the palace was designed by famed architect Daedalus (Dedalos) with such complexity that no one placed in it could ever find its exit. King Minos who commissioned the palace then kept the architect prisoner to ensure that he would not reveal the palace plan to anyone. Daedalus, who was a great inventor, built two sets of wings so he and his son Icarus (Ikaros) could fly off the island, and so they did. On their way out, Daedalus warned his son not to fly too close to the sun because the wax that held the wings together would melt. In a tragic turn of events, during their escape Icarus, young and impulsive as he was, flew higher and higher until the sun rays dismantled his wings and the young boy fell to his death in the Aegean Sea. The Labyrinth was the dwelling of the Minotaur in Greek mythology, and many associate the palace of Knossos with the legend of Theseus killing the Minotaur. Representation of the Bull at the palace of Knossos is a widespread symbol in the art and decoration of this archaeological site. The bull-leaping (taurokathapsia) was a ritual sport or performance in which human athletes literally vaulted over bulls as part of a ceremonial rite. A version of the sacred “bull games” is still extant in Iberian (Spain - Portugal) culture, the Bullfighting.

See also: West Bastion of Knossos Palace

©2009 Jordan Kevrekidis
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kokinomala Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
poly omorfh:)
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Ευχαριστώ!!!
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kokinomala Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
parakalw
na'sai kala;)
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dragonariaes Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
Gorgeous. Nice shot.
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Christine!
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dragonariaes Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
No problem. I love old ruins and temples. Your gallery is lovely.
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vforvittoria Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
A short comment: ... the pleasure of beauty.
Colours, pictures at their best !!!
:)
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!!!
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fall-llen Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010   Photographer
Hi! Featured here [link] :)
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the feature!
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dancingelf Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Professional Photographer
What bright colours! Have they restored them or were they like that when they found them? :O
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
There must be some restoration, but these are the actual colors!!! Isn’t it amazing!
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absinthFenix Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Professional Photographer
Fantastic!
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! ;)
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giorjoe Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009  Professional General Artist
Beautiful! Thank you for the commentary too. Reading about ancient civilizations has become a new hobby of mine.
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:wave: Thank you Giorgio!
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CALYPSO84 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009   Digital Artist
Wonderful!!:clap:
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :D
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liviugherman Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009
it`s very beautiful interior architecture :)

and good photo,

my compliments my friend :wave:
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! ;)
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liviugherman Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
with pleasure :)
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proteus2 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
Βeautiful.
Parts from Venezis' "Archipelago" came to mind.
Look it up
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:D Ευχαριστώ Πέτρο!
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sakisda Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Ωραία φωτό με πολύ ωραίο κόκκινο!
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Ευχαριστώ Σάκη! ;)
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erene Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
This is absolutely amazing Jordan!
Definitely a place to visit!
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:heart: Ευχαριστώ Ειρήνη! :heart:
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erene Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
Parakalo Jordan :hug:
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:heart: Ευχαριστώ Ειρήνη! :heart:
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erene Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
Anytime Jordan :hug:
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HippieVan57 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
what an awesome looking place!
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Jeff!!!! :)
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HippieVan57 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
you're welcome :peace:
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00alisa00 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009   Digital Artist
Nice shot Jordan! :)
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug: Thank you for one more time Annalisa!
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Goldenwolf18 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ive been there!! Walked round the palace :D
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
It’s a magical place! Isn’t it Kitty?
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Goldenwolf18 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i know!! I loved going to Crete!! I wanna go again T_T
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Stratisk Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
Καλά... μεγάάάάλη τιμή... κυριολεκτώ! Τα λόγια είναι περιττά! Με σεβασμό...
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Συγγνώμη, αλλά τι εννοείς με το « μεγάλη τιμή » ?
Για την αφιέρωση?
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Stratisk Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
Και για την αφιέρωση που ήταν κάτι προσωπικό σου αλλά και για το θέμα της φωτογραφίας!
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Ευχαριστώ, να ΄σε καλά! Ο Γιώργος ήταν φίλος απ ΄τα παλιά. Στο σπίτι του στα Μελίσσια τα έφτιαξα με τι γυναίκα μου… πριν 7-8 χρόνια. Πέθανε πριν λίγες μέρες… Είχε και αυτός το σαράκι της φωτογραφίας. Μπορείς να δεις μερικές εδώ [link]
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Stratisk Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
Να είσαι κι εσύ καλά! Όπως έγραψα, με σεβασμό είδα την αφιέρωσή σου καθώς και όλο το κείμενο που έχεις γράψει να εξηγήσεις στον Κόσμο τι βλέπουν, σε μια εποχή που στο Deviant οι περισσότεροι κάτω από τις φωτογραφίες τους γράφουν ...τελίτσες!!! Εσύ δε βαρέθηκες κι αυτό το βρήκα άξιο θαυμασμού! Η αφιέρωσή είναι κάτι εντελώς προσωπικό σου που για εμένα έδενε απόλυλητα γι αυτό και δεν περιορίστηκα σε ένα σχόλιο αλλά έγραψα με σεβασμό για να μην παραξηγηθώ! Μπράβο σου!

Πολύ καλές οι φωτογραφίες του, για μένα. Μου αρέσει το θέμα και υποψιάζομαι πως δεν ήταν επαγγελματίας να ξοδεύει ώρες με τα ζώα για να επιλέξει μετά τις καλύτερες κι αυτό μεγιστοποιεί την αξία όσων φωτογραφιών τράβηξε. Ειδικά αυτό το Λιοντάρι... μια ανάσα, τόσο κοντά! Μπράβο του...! Ένα είναι σίγουρο, παρά την απώλεια, είναι σε καλύτερο κόσμο... και το πιστεύω! Να ζείτε όμορφα να τον θυμάστε!
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Εις μνήμην Γιώργου Χατζηδάκη.
Καλό ταξίδι φίλε …
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