Palace of Knossos, birthplace of Minoan culture
Trip Start Jan 11, 2007
94Trip End Jan 15, 2010
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The term labyrinth is often used interchangeably with maze. A single-path (unicursal) labyrinth has only a single Eulerian path to the center. This single-path design was widespread in artistic depictions of the Minotaur's Labyrinth.
Honestly, I was disappointed in the palace at Knossos. Maybe I've just gotten a bit jaded by all the Roman ruins we've seen. Yes, this place was older by a few hundred centuries. But in the early 1900s, an archeologist stripped off all the important frescoes and major artifacts, and those artifacts now rest inside a museum. What's left at the sight is a complete reconstruction, complete with wall frescoes that look like they were painted in 1995. I thought we were supposed to tour the actual, historic sight. Next time, I'll pay more attention to the description of the place we're headed, and then geeky me can make sure I see all the "real" artifacts, ancient coins, and paintings in the appropriate museum.