Another countryside view with a restored portion in the view. Curiously, Minoan columns had the unique design feature of being wider on top than on the bottom. No one has any real idea of the reason for this. As with all archaeology, when they don’t understand something they attribute it to ‘ritual’ styling but no one can hazard a guess what the ‘ritual’ might have been.
Speculation is that this was a parade ground for the Royal Guards. Crete was maintained by her navy and standing armies would have been rare and expensive. Still, one would expect the king to have kept his version of the Praetorian Guards around just to awe visitors!
This was most likely not a “throne room” but some sort of antechamber. The original flooring is still visible although parts are covered with a wooden walkway to allow access to the internal rooms.
Now this could have been the throne room. As you’ll see later from a picture I picked up off the web it is located in the center of the complex, which is always a good bet for an important spot.
Again, the frescoes are copies but the originals do exist and are safely tucked away in museums.
Standing in there was a bit magical although I had to back up to get the picture. It is not terribly big.
It is speculated that the ancient town would have spread to these hills and had a population of perhaps 60,000. Small today but massive for the MBA.
We worked our way around for a close up shot of this building. The fresco made use of the bull theme, which would be more apparent if I hadn’t got the column in the center of my shot!
Something is wrong here. War, disease, death, destruction, hunger, filth, poverty, torture, crime, corruption, and the Ice Capades. Something is definitely wrong. This is not good work. If this is the best God can do, I am not impressed.
-- George Carlin