Knossos

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Knossos

The drive to Knossos was very scenic, which was about the only plus of the whole thing.  There wasn't that much to see, just little towns here and there.  It's not like you can do anything stuck on a bus.  We passed through the southern part of Heraklion and my stomach turned again when I saw the ships in the harbor.  There was definitely room for ours...  When we reached Knossos, 80% of the people had to use the bathroom, so we had to wait a little longer.  Almost half of our time had been used up before we even got started on the tour.  We traveled through the site at a rushed pace and only got to see the real highlights.  There were several areas I didn't even have time to go see, but I'll share with you the good points:

Knossos was the capital of the ancient Minoan civilization, one of the first on Greece.

Knossos - The throne room
  Mythology states that King Minos was the son of the god Zeus and Europa, a mortal woman.  He then founded the civilization on Crete with his wife.  Mythology goes on to tell of the story of the minotaur, which Minos's wife gave birth to and was placed in a labrynth under the castle.  The ruins of this labrynth were never uncovered, though - in fact, most of the site is destroyed.  It is said that it was destroyed some 4500 years ago by a giant tidal wave.  The site is partially rebuilt, but this reconstruction is subject to much criticism.  Even so, some artwork has survived and really gives you a feel for what this civilization was once like.

After the quick tour, we were herded back on the bus, and before I knew it we were on our way back to Agios Nikolaos.  What happened to visiting Heraklion?  I was never given a good answer...or any money back.  I guess it was just really poor planning on the ship's part.  I was pretty hot about the whole thing, but I wasn't about to let it ruin my day.  We had Santorini to see in the evening!

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Knossos - The throne room
Knossos - The throne room
Entrance to Knossos
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