Central Court in Knossos Palace

We descend from the Piano Nobile, down the monumental staircase with its two rows of columns, and come to the vast Central Court of the Palace of Knossos.

monumental staircase to central court in knossos palace

The great square paved Central Court is one of the basic features of Minoan palatial architecture. It provided the palace with light and air. It is believed that various rituals and feasts were held in the Central Court, as both the North and the South Entrance lead there.

Most of the paving was lost because the Venetians used a lot of building material from Knossos for the fortifications of Heraklion.

In the summer the Central Court is full of tour groups, patiently waiting their turn to admire the Throne Room. Looking east, the Throne Room is on our left, and the Tripartite Shrine is on our right.

Map of Knossos Palace

Central Court = No 06

map of Knossos Palace

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