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Pictures photos images of Minoan archaeological site, Minoan historic sites and Minoan Museum antiquities, artefacts & art. The Minoan civilisation was a Bronze Age Aegean civilization which flourished on the island of Crete primarily from c. 3000 BC around 1100 BC. The Minoan civilisation was so named by Sir Arthur Evans excavations at Knossos led him to believe that he had discovered the Palace of King Minos, identified it with the fable of the Minotaur, and so he named the civilisation the Minoans. It is not known what the people who inhabited Crete at the time called themselves so the word “Minoan” has become an accepted term. A sophisticated civilisation did though inhabit Crete and nearby Aegean Islands at this time and they shared a common culture as can be seen from the Minoan antiquities that have been excavated on Crete and Akrotiri on Santorini Island. Massive building complexes like Minoan Knossos and Phaistos have been interpreted as Minoan Palaces due to their monumental buildings with administrative purposes, as evidenced by large archives unearthed by archaeologists. Each Minaon palace excavated to date has unique features, but they also share aspects which set them apart from other structures. Minoan palaces are often multi-story, with interior and exterior staircases, lightwells, massive columns, storage areas and courtyards. The earliest Minoan palace was Malia which dates to around 3000 BC, the most famous though is Knossos. Architecture during the First Palace Period is identified by a square-within-a-square style; Second Minoan Palace Period construction has more internal divisions and corridors. The Palace of Knossos was the largest Minoan palace. The palace is about 150 meters across and it spreads over an area of some 20,000 square meters, with its original upper levels possibly having a thousand chambers. The palace is connected to the mythological story of The Bull of Minos, since it is in this palace where it was written that the labyrinth existed. One of the most endearing legacies left by the Minoans is their art and artefacts. The largest collection of Minoan art is in the museum at Heraklion, on the northern coast of Crete. Minoan art and other remnants of material culture, especially the sequence of ceramic styles. Minoan artworks from Akrotiri, a buried Minoan town discovered on Santorini Island, can be seen in Athens Archaeological Museum. Browse pictures and images of Minoan Knossos, Minoan paintings, Minoan pottery and Minoan antiquities

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