Knossos and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum: unmissable

The site of the great palace at Knossos is something which I recommend very highly to anyone vaguely interested in European culture, art, architecture and history. The site itself is stamped indelibly with the mark of Arthur Evans, the man who interpreted, categorised, unearthed and rebuilt so much of what remains. But it is nonetheless a remarkably impressive and affecting place to be, and to walk around. The pictures will, I hope, accurately portray a sense of firstly how big it is, and secondly the beauty of the place, quite apart from how sensitive any of it is to the original palace, or rather palaces, as there were at least a couple of different palaces built one on top of the other.


There is a combined ticket for Knossos and the Heraklion museum, at 16 euros, which is well worth it. The highlights of this museum, which has to rank alongside the best Classical museums in the world for content and presentation, include the woman waving snakes, the bull Rhyton, phenomenal frescoes,  which will be familiar to most, so ubiquitous are they, bull-leaping depictions both 2- and 3-dimensional, bee ear-rings, and exaggerated-buttock-sculptures, to name but a few.


It is, I think, important to visit these wonderful sites to get anything like a real sense of perspective on Europe.

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2 thoughts on “Knossos and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum: unmissable

  1. On behalf of the entire Y10 Latin Class, we hope you are having a great time and learning loads – the museum looks fascinating. Over here we are having fun with Apollo and Daphne, but are missing the amazing puns: ionic, really? 🙂

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    1. Ha! Thanks Sarah. My greetings to all of you. I’m currently at Thebes railway station – the place where the legendary Oedipus was king – and heading off up north towards Mount Olympus. I was on the isle of Delos, where Apollo was born, a few days ago. Enjoy!!! 🙂

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