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Knosos in Heraklion, Crete, Greece
 

“Piano Nobile”

 
 
"Piano Nobile" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 21, 2015
1. "Piano Nobile" Marker
Inscription. English Text:

The great staircase and the upper floor to which it leads are largely Evan's creations. Evans thought that it had a function rather like the first floor of Italian Palazzi of the Renaissance, which was called the "Piano Nobile" (Figure 1). In this instance, he considered that the important reception rooms of the Palace would lie on the upper floor.

Evans also thought that there existed a shrine, the "Tri-Columnar Shrine", and its Treasury. The basis for his restoration lies in the column and pillar bases and the ritual stone vases found collapsed onto the ground floor, like the alabaster one in the shape of a lioness head (Figure 2).

The rectangular building next to the stairs was built a long time after the destruction of the Palace. Evans interpreted it as a "Greek Temple" based on finds of the historic period.
 
Location. 35° 17.868′ N, 25° 9.772′ 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 capital city of Heraklion, in the Palace of Knossos archaeological park, and you must be walking on the grounds of the archaeological park
"Piano Nobile" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 21, 2015
2. "Piano Nobile" Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of an illustration, showing the floor plans of the Palace reconstructed ruins.
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. West Magazines (a few steps from this marker); Conservation - restoration of the "West Magazines" (a few steps from this marker); South Entrance, Corridor with the "Prince of the Lilies" Fresco (a few steps from this marker); West Wing (a few steps from this marker); "Throne Room" (within shouting distance of this marker); "Shrine of the Double Axes" (within shouting distance of this marker); Water and Drainage Conduits (within shouting distance of this marker); "Kouloures" (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map 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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"Piano Nobile" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 21, 2015
3. "Piano Nobile" Marker
View of the marker and the surrounding archaeological park.
"Piano Nobile" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 21, 2015
4. "Piano Nobile" Marker
Another view of the marker and the surrounding archaeological park.
"Piano Nobile" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 21, 2015
5. "Piano Nobile" Marker
Another view of the marker and the surrounding archaeological park.
"Piano Nobile" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 21, 2015
6. "Piano Nobile" Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of an illustration of an alabaster vase in the shape of a lioness head, that is identified on the marker as being figure 2.
 
 
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 202 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 14, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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