West Entrance to the Minoan Palace of Knossos and the West Court
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The tour of Knossos starts at the West Entrance to the Palace and circles back to the starting-point. On passing through the entrance, the visitor finds himself in the paved West Court, delimited by three ceremonial ways in the shape of a triangle. The courtyard was a sacred space, as we can see from the two low altars.
In front of us is the partially restored west facade of the Palace. On our left are three cylindrical pits, the “Kouloures” as Evans called them. These are repositories for offerings from the ceremonies held in the West Court.