Making our way back from Matala to Heraklion we stopped to visit the most famous by far of Minoan palaces, Knossos (~3000 – 1500 BC), home of the Monitor and his labyrinth.

Excavated and restored by Sir Arthur Evans in the very early 20th century Knossos offers a representation of how a Minoan palace, with its multiple stories, might have looked in its heyday. Using concrete instead of wood for pillars, Evans used research and imagination to recreate and rebuild portions of the ruins in three dimensions – an approach that generated much controversy that continues to this day.  One could only imagine such a representation at Phaistos with its mostly two dimensional remnants.

For me, Evans efforts are spectacular, even if they may not be perfectly accurate.  That said, seeing the unaltered, or rather by comparison uninterpreted, Phaistos ruins first, gave me a foundation that allowed me to be open minded towards Evans interpretation.

Once settled back in Heraklion, we returned to our favorite restaurant for our final Cretan meal.