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Knosos in Heraklion, Crete, Greece
 

West Wing

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By Dale K. Benington, June 21, 2015
1. West Wing Marker
Inscription. English Text:

The stairs on the right lead from the Central Court to the upper floor of the West Wing. This is largely reconstructed by Evans.

The area left of the stairs has been identified as a shrine, called by Evans the "Tripartite Shrine". Its facade had columns and was divided into three parts, the central element being the highest. There is a depiction of a comparable shrine on a wall painting now on display in Herakleion Museum. Inside the shrine were found clay tablets in the Linear B script and clay seal impressions which were possibly connected with the archive of a shrine.

The remaining areas behind the "Tripartite Shrine" are thought to have been connected with the sanctuaries of the Palace. At the back, two small dark rooms with pillars are known as the "Pillar Crypts". The depressions in their floor are said to indicate that these rooms were used for libations. In another room, two large, rectangular, stone built repositories were found, sunk into the floor. They were full of clay vases and valuable objects, amongst which were the statuettes representing the "Snake Goddess" (Figures 1, 2). The repositories have been interpreted as the "Temple Repositories".
 
Location. 35° 17.875′ N, 25° 9.785′ E. Marker
West Wing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 21, 2015
2. West Wing Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of an illustration, showing where the park visitor was in relation to the ruins of the archaeological park, while standing in front of the marker.
is in Knosos, Crete, in Heraklion. Marker can be reached from Dedalou south of Glafkou, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. This marker is located on the island of Crete, just south of the capital city of Heraklion, in the Palace of Knossos archaeological park, and you must be walking on the grounds of the archaeological park in oder to see this marker. Marker is in this post office area: Knosos, Crete 714 09, Greece.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Throne Room" (a few steps from this marker); "Piano Nobile" (a few steps from this marker); West Magazines (within shouting distance of this marker); Conservation - restoration of the "West Magazines" (within shouting distance of this marker); South Entrance, Corridor with the "Prince of the Lilies" Fresco (within shouting distance of this marker); Water and Drainage Conduits (within shouting distance of this marker); "North Lustral Basin" (within shouting distance of this marker); "Shrine of the Double Axes" (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Knosos.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
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West Wing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 21, 2015
3. West Wing Marker
View showing where the marker is situated in relation to the reconstructed West Wing ruins.
West Wing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 21, 2015
4. West Wing Marker
View of the marker and the reconstructed ruins in the left front area of the marker.
West Wing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 21, 2015
5. West Wing Marker
View of the marker and the reconstructed ruins in the right front area of the marker. The area left of the stairs, seen in this picture, had been identified as a shrine, called by Evans the "Tripartite Shrine".
West Wing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 21, 2015
6. West Wing Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of an illustration, that is identified on the marker as being figure 1, showing the "Snake Goddess" statuette that had been found in one of the back rooms of the West Wing.
West Wing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 21, 2015
7. West Wing Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of an illustration, that is identified on the marker as being figure 2, showing yet another "Snake Goddess" statuette that had been found in one of the back rooms of the West Wing.
West Wing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 21, 2015
8. West Wing Marker
Distant side view of marker and of the courtyard area to the left of the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 191 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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