The unique contribution of the Minoan civilization to European architecture is possibly most evident in the great palace structures of the major Minoan centres of Knossos, Phaistos, Malia and Zakros. Perhaps influenced by Egypt and the Near East and evolving through the monumental tombs of the preceding period, these magnificent buildings, constructed... [continue reading]
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The ever evolving pottery from the Minoan civilization of Bronze Age Crete (2000-1500 BCE) demonstrates, perhaps better than any other medium, not only the Minoan joy in animal, sea and plant life but also their delight in flowing, naturalistic shapes and design. Kamares Style Following on from the pre-palatial styles of Vasiliki (with surfaces... [continue reading]
Craftsmen of the Minoan civilization centred on the island of Crete produced stone vessels from the early Bronze Age (c. 2500 BCE) using a wide variety of stone types which were laboriously carved out to create vessels of all shapes, sizes and function. The craft continued for a millennium and vessels were of such quality that they found their way... [continue reading]
The partially reconstructed wing of the palace of Knossos c. 1500 BCE.
The Palace at Knossos, Crete, (c. 1500 BCE). A restored upper-level lightwell.
Model of the Minoan palace at Malia, Crete (1675 BC-1450 BCE).
Located on the fertile Mesara plain in central Crete, Phaistos has been inhabited since the Final Neolithic period (ca. 3600-3000 BCE). The settlements greatest period of influence was from the 20th to 15th century BCE, during which time it was, along with Knossos, Malia and Zakros, one of the most important centres of the Minoan civilization. Settlement continued... [continue reading]
The Minoan settlement of Phaistos archaeological site, Crete (2000-1400 BCE).
The Minoan settlement of Phaistos archaeological site, Crete (2000-1400 BCE). Perhaps an early theatre.
The minoan settlement of Phaistos archaeological site, Crete (2000-1400 BCE). A silo for grain storage.