Knosos in Heraklion, Crete, Greece
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 Touch 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Knosos.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 14, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 222 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 14, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.