Minoan Frescoes in Knossos

To the north, above the Throne Room, is a room restored by Evans which contains copies of the Minoan frescoes: the “Spectators by a Shrine”, the “Blue Ladies”,  the “Toreador”, the “Argonaut”, the “Blue Monkey” and the “Blue Bird”. The originals are on display at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

If you look at the copies carefully, you can see how Evans restored them from the very few pieces of plaster found during the excavation.

Minoan Frescos in Knossos Palace

Bull Leaping Fresco

A copy of the “Toreador” or “Bull Leaping” Fresco. This is the famous Minoan ritual sport, during which the athlete did dangerous acrobatic leaps over the back of a bull. The white figures are female and the reddish one is male.

Bull Leaping Fresco in Knossos

In Minoan Crete, bull-leaping was a noble sport in which the bull was not killed, unlike modern bull-fighting.

Map of Knossos Palace

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map of Knossos Palace

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