Favorite thing: I would guess that this is the thing that makes the most impression on young minds studying the history/mythology of the period, the Minotar. The myth of the labyrinth and the Minotar to be "found" there has captured imaginations for centuries. The only sign here at Knossos is the fresco on the West Bastion wall.
Favorite thing: The Lustral Basin was apparently used as a purifying bath before entrance into the palace, sort of like the Mikveh here in Israel...a bath at the end of a short flight of stairs. It has been closed to visitors and you can only see the stairs leading down.
Favorite thing: The throne room here, or at least what was labeled as the throne room was unlike any that I have ever imagined. The "throne" seemed to be a very simple stone seat, placed against the wall with a basin in front. Around the room are what appears to be, again, very simple stone benches. What is striking are the frescoes, especially the wingless Griffin on one wall.
Megaron, okay had to look that one up in my dictionary...it means a large central hearth and throne with a vestibule and open porch, usually supported by columns, found in both palaces and homes.
Now that I have given you the dry explanation, now on to what you can see at Knossos...the exterior is supported by those columns, SQUARE in this case, unusual in itself, but take a look inside, the frescoes found there are fantastic. One that we could see was of a Minoan woman in what appears to be traditional dress. The second is a beautiful scene of a pod of dolphins playing in a sea full of fish.
Favorite thing: Okay so obviously the Royal Apartments in ANY palace would be the most "royal" in all senses, and there is no argument from me on this...you can see from what is left of the ruins and what has been partially restored that the Minoans knew how to design to impress. The Grand Staircase with its red pillars for me was the best.
Favorite thing: As you enter the area of the palace from the ticket office you first enter the South Propylaia, the photos show the entrance, the red pillars, the interior and the Procession fresco. The Minoans enjoyed colorful and decorative art work not only on their walls, but it seems the walls and columns themselves. If the restoration work is true to the ancient forms the Minoan Palace would be a wonderful place to stroll.
Favorite thing: My mother was the best :) she made me laugh all the time there. She claimed that St Konstantine and Methodius set this tree :)) LOL it is near the bust of Mr. Evans but I loved this view ...