Knosos in Heraklion, Crete, Greece
“North Lustral Basin”
The room before you resembles a cistern. Its floor is lower than the surrounding area and is reached by steps. The "Lustral Basin" was surrounded by columns and was lined with slabs of gypsum giving it a luxurious appearance. In its present form, the area has been completely reconstructed by Evans (Figure 1).
Areas with a similar arrangement have been found in other parts of the Palace of Knossos, as well as at other palaces and in important Minoan buildings of the period (1700 - 1450 B.C.). It is not known how these places were used. However, from their construction it seems that they would not have been filled with water, nor was there any drainage. Evans thought that they were used in purification ceremonies and therefore called these places "Lustral Basins". Evans also believed that the Palace was a sacred place. That is why, in his opinion, the "Lustral Basin" in question was used to purify visitors going into the Palace via the neighboring North Entrance.
Location. 35° 17.902′ N, 25° 9.784′ E. Marker is in Knosos, Crete, in Heraklion. Marker can be reached from Dedalou south of Glafkou, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. This marker is located on the island of Crete, just south of the
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Theatral Area", "Royal Road" (a few steps from this marker); North Entrance, North Pillar Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); "Throne Room" (within shouting distance of this marker); Conservation - restoration of the "West Magazines" (within shouting distance of this marker); West Wing (within shouting distance of this marker); Water and Drainage Conduits (within shouting distance of this marker); West Magazines (within shouting distance of this marker); "Piano Nobile" (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Knosos.
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