Knossos... the let down.

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May 22nd 2006
Published: May 22nd 2006
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The Famous throne room reconstructed by Arthur Evans
Ok. I'm actually writing this entry the same day as my previous one regarding Rethymno but I figure the last one is lot to read and most won't have read it in entirety to appreciate the humour.

We're now in Iraklio/Heraklion which is the biggest city in Crete. We took the bus this morning from Rethymno, dropped off our stuff at our hotel and took the bus to Knossos. I suppose it was a good thing that Knossos is the most famous archaeological site in Iraklio so they actually have a specific bus route that goes (for cheap) to Knossos. The Con - every tour group also goes there. We got there and we were surrounded by swarms of tour groups. That wasn't a big deal as we had our nifty letter from the Ministry of Culture and got through the entrance quickly. I think the letdown of Knossos was that the site isn't very well labelled. If you didn't have a guide book or weren't with a tour you wouldn't have any idea of what was going on. Even staring at it for awhile, you couldn't really tell if a square looking room was a storage area or if
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the magical creature depicted in the Throne room
it had a more important use. A lot of the site was reconstructed by Sir Arthur Evans back in the 1900s so you have to take his reconstructions with a grain of salt. Some of it is most likely creative imagination.

The Archaeological Museum contains most of the original artwork from Knossos. However to see it, on the second floor, you had to pass by the tour groups that had also come. I've never seen a museum that was packed full of at least 10 tour groups which each tour guide alternately shushing and screaming to get their message across. We wandered quickly through the museum trying to avoid the hoardes while trying to find the significant objects we had studied in school. The layout of the museum was amusing as it was completely antiquarian with objects displayed all under glass cases. They looked pretty but you had no idea what the context was surrounding the find.

We're taking the ferry to Santorini tomorrow so I'll write more then. Hopefully my sunburnt shoulders will forgive me soon for ladening them with a heavy backpack.

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It's a stick up! It's a stick up!
It's a stick up!

no not really, but I remember studying this bronze age aegean statue in class. From the Heraklio Archaeological Museum
Cretan Bull - Rethymno Archaeological MuseumCretan Bull - Rethymno Archaeological Museum
Cretan Bull - Rethymno Archaeological Museum

I wouldn't want to mess with this guy.

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