Visit the Palace of Knossos with a pre-booked e-ticket combined with a self-guided audio tour on your smartphone. Enjoy a hassle-free visit to the grand capital of Minoan Crete, located 5 km south of Iraklion. The evocative setting and the impressive ruins of the palace, courtyards, private apartments, baths, storehouses, as well as the brightly-coloured frescoes, come alive through an engaging narrative that sheds light upon various elements of Minoan culture.
The cup bearers and procession frescoes at the South Propylaeum depicting scenes from the everyday life and the ceremonial activities in Minoan Crete are a great insight into the aesthetic ideals of the time. Follow the evolution of Minoan fashion, learn about the popular hairstyles of the people and discover the beauty products that they used to touch up their look. At the West Magazines, where the storage facilities of the palace are located, you will gain an understanding of the well-organized bureaucracy that supported the palace organization, the earliest forms of linear writing, as well as the Minoan economy and trade networks. Discover the copy of the “Prince of the Lilies” at the South Entrance Corridor and gaze out on Mount Juktas, perfectly framed by the eroded walls of the palace. Picture what rural life must have been like in Minoan Crete as you learn about the agriculture of the early Cretans, travel and transportation of the time and the ritual significance of the mountains in their religion.
This is an unmissable opportunity to experience what life in Minoan Crete must have been like following in Yishharu’s steps, the son of an aristocratic family who grew up in the peaceful years of Minoan naval power!
1. Minoan Top ModelYishharu was slim, tall, and fit. He wore shorts and walk along the corridors at Knossos showcasing his elegant eyebrows and his long hair.
2. The original Mediterranean dietThe Minoan table lacked for nothing. Each meal was a celebration of delightful dishes and refreshing drinks. Fortunately Yishharu’s metabolism allowed him to enjoy his meals without gaining weight.
3. Beyond the palaceThere was life beyond the palace. Yishharu never missed a chance to visit the fields on the hills surrounding Knossos. He would even trek all the way to Mount Juktas in search of divine help and blessings.
The ideal Minoan
Minoan Top ModelThe ideal Minoan was athletic, with strong and muscular arms, thighs and shoulders. They had slim waists and legs, a straight nose, big almond-shaped eyes and conspicuous eyebrows. They were very fond and proud of their long hair that fell in wavy locks to their shoulders or waists. There is no doubt that reality was different than the idealistic image presented by Minoan art. There are very few examples of middle-aged Minoans but the occasional depiction of portly half-naked men reminds us of the gap between stereotype and real life.
How to raise the dead
The original Mediterranean dietGlaukos was the son of Minos and Pasiphae. One day, while playing ball (or chasing a mouse) he drowned in a giant storage jar without anyone noticing. With the aid of the Delphic Oracle, the seer Polyeidos from Argos found the child’s body, but Minos shut him in the cellar with the drowned prince until he found a way to raise him from the dead. The seer killed a snake but another snake approached the lifeless serpent and laid an herb on its dead companion. The snake revived and Polyeidos applied the herb to Glaukos with the same success. They both started shouting for help, until a passer-by heard them and unlocked the cellar.
Beyond the palaceMost Minoans depended on their feet for travelling, but there were far more elegant means available to those who could afford them. Kings and dignitaries (like Yisharu) used light and fast horse-drawn chariots equipped with two spoked wheels. Towards the end of the Minoan period, there were more than 400 chariots available, probably for military use. Some lucky individuals used litters. Bulky goods were transported on sturdy carts, while asses were dependable pack animals for lighter cargoes. The Minoans maintained a decent road network, even on mountainous terrain, while the Greek word for a bridge (gephyra) appears to be a Minoan word in origin.
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|Address||Knossos 714 09, Greece|
|Starting point||Knossos Palace|
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|Opening hours||1 November to 31 March: 08:00 - 15:00 (Last admission 14:45) 1 April to 31 October: 08:00 - 19:30|
Why take a self-guided tour?
This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.
You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.
After downloading Clio Muse app, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text) we recommend the use of headphones.