Greece
Phaistos

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  • Day16

    Palace of Phaistos ruins, Crete

    November 16, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    We love ancient ruins ... these from as early as 2000 BC atop a hill maybe 150m high. Originally a town/city, the royals of the time evicted the owners and built a palace of some 9000 sqm. It's an excellent look at Minoan culture and architecture. Some amazingly well preserved parts. Over the years it was demolished and built on top of at least 3 times and finally destroyed by Romans. So incredible walking on the same paved terraces and steps that have borne human footprints for so long and now have a smooth lustre from the incessant polishing of bare and leather clad feet. The city folk relocated to the foothills and those ruins are visible from the area we visited.Read more

  • Day10

    Phaistos Minoan Palace

    July 5, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    The earliest palace (1900-1700 BC) was built on deposits from the Neolithic and early Minoan period (3000-2000 BC). This was partly replaced in 1700 BC until abandoned in 1450 BC.

    Nigel and Sandra

    Waiting for Nigel...

    7/6/19Reply
    Noel Thomas

    More bloody steps!!

    7/7/19Reply
     
  • Day4

    Gortyna, Phaestos & Agia Triada

    April 11, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    We continued the ancient film theme, driving south across the width of Crete to other palace sites.

    At Gortyna, the impressive Roman Odeon hides the law codes inscribed in panels behind it. These 600 lines of Dorian dialect are the largest of its kind anywhere. It is also the site of legend where Zeus, in the form of a bull, brought the kidnapped Europa and impregnated her with the later King Minos.

    We drove on to Phaestos, a slightly smaller palace than Knossos but where the still undeciphered Phaistos disc was found. We enjoyed lunch with lovely views over the ruins of nearby Agia Triada royal villa before taking the scenic route back through the Cretan countryside, and some crazy roads!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Faistós, Faistos, Phaistos, Festos, Φαιστός, Festo, Fajstos, 斐斯托斯