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The Evans Edifices

Heraklion Graffiti 1900s style

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Minoan Palace Knossos

Minoan Palace Knossos


Museums are bit like zoos.

The Greeks consider Elgin a thief for nabbing their marbles from the Parthenon, and rightly so in my opinion. Lesser known is Evans, who uncovered the Knossos Palace in Crete, then proceeded to rebuild it as he imagined it was, using lots of concrete.
The throne room as imagined by Evans

The throne room as imagined by Evans


Frankly he vandalised great swathes. Not sure if he removed the original frescos or just painted over the top of those originals, but either way the famous Minitour and those dolphins in the queen’s room are figments of Evans imagination, such that you are looking at 100-year-old paintings, rather than those from 2000-3000 years ago. You can sense the clenched teeth in the signs that describe each site as they refer to “in Evans opinion” and “according to Evans”. Which is all a bit of a shame as the ruins are extensive and impressive a la the Roman Forum or Agora in Athens.
DSC_8737.JPGDSC_8748.JPGDolphins - note the ancient steel beams holding up the roof

Dolphins - note the ancient steel beams holding up the roof


Decided then on more sightseeing in Heraklion near old fort and down 25 August st. It's an old city, surrounded by walls built by the Venetians (like every other city in this region), with an impressive harbour. The quaintly named 25 August st is touristy, but quite a good mall lined with shops.
The fort

The fort

Heraklion harbour

Heraklion harbour

Downtown Heraklion

Downtown Heraklion

DSC_8770.JPGDSC_8817.JPG25 August st

25 August st

Quiet night with dinner at Creta House, which was fantastic value. A real family affair that was cheap, plus they gave us free entree nibbles, plus a yoghurt for desert, finished off with the local grapa. Brilliant.
The fort

The fort

Tourist tips: Heraklion is has some history, but Chania has more and I would suggest staying at Remthimno (better beach) or Agia Paglia (small but good beach) if staying in Crete
Yamas: Vergina Lager was OK
Walk a mile…: Only 7523 - battled the Greek traffic instead

Posted by scoleman29 16:00 Archived in Greece Tagged crete

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