Heraklion, Crete, Greece

Photos taken by David Stanley on a visit to Heraklion and Knossos on the island of Crete, Greece.
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there are many vases on display in the museum
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Heraklion Archaeological Museum on Crete, Greece, showcases Minoan treasures dating back thousands of years. It's one of the top museums in Europe.
an insect is hanging on the wall
Golden Bee Pendant
The golden Bee Pendant (1800-1700 BC) in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum was found in a necropolis on northern Crete, Greece. The two bees are depositing a drop of honey into the granulated honeycomb held between their legs.
two decorative figurines sitting on top of a white table next to each other
Snake Goddesses
The snake goddesses (1650-1550 BC) from Knossos in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum on Crete, Greece, are considered symbols of fertility.
an image of a wall decoration with horses and people
Fresco of Griffins
This high relief fresco of griffins tethered to columns (1600-1450 BC) in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum was found next to the Grand Staircase of the Great East Hall in the Palace of Knossos.
two dolphins are swimming in the water with fish around them and under it is a wall hanging
Dolphin Fresco
The Dolphin Fresco (1600-1450 BC) in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum decorated a wall or floor in the queen's room in Knossos Palace on Crete, Greece.
an art work is hanging on the wall next to two pictures and one has a cow's tail sticking out of it
Charging Bull
A relief fresco (1600-1450 BC) of a charging bull is in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum on Crete, Greece. The ancient Minoans saw bulls as symbols of strength and fertility and iconic images of the animals appear several times in Knossos Palace.
a painting on display in a museum with an image of a dog and other animals
Bull Leaping Fresco
The bull leaping fresco (1600-1400 BC) from Knossos in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum on Crete, Greece, depicts a brown-skinned man doing a dangerous backward somersault toward a white-skinned woman. A third woman restrains the bull by its horns.
a helmet made out of bread on top of a metal stand in front of a gray wall
Boar's Tusk Helmet
This restored boar's tusk helmet with cheek guards (1450-1300 BC) is in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum on Crete, Greece. It is thought to have been a symbol of rank rather than defensive equipment. This type of helmet is described in Homer's Iliad.
a bull's head on display in a glass case
Bull's Head Rhyton
A stone bull's head rhyton (1600-1450 BC) used for libations is in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. This masterpiece of Minoan art was found in Knossos Palace on Crete, Greece.
an old coin with writing on it sitting in front of a blue sky and clouds
Phaistos Disc
The early 17th BC Phaistos Disc in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum on Crete, Greece, bears 45 pictorial signs arranged in 61 groups. The characters were stamped on both sides of the clay disc. Experts have not been able to decipher the script.
a large wooden structure sitting on top of a hard wood floor
Minoan Knossos Palace
A scale model of the 1,300-room ancient Minoan Knossos Palace (1900-1350 BC) is in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum on Crete, Greece.
an old cobblestone street with steps leading up to it
Knossos Theatrical Area
The Theatrical Area on the north side of Knossos Palace (1900-1350 BC) on Crete, Greece, was used for religious ceremonies and sacred dances. It is one of the oldest outdoor theaters in the world.
an empty room with red and white walls, painted on the wall is a toilet
Throne Room
The Throne Room of Knossos Palace (1900-1350 BC) on Crete, Greece, features frescoes of griffins along the walls and an alabaster throne possibly used by King Minos.
an empty room with red and white walls, columns and a large bowl on the floor
Throne Room
The lustral basin in the Throne Room of Knossos Palace (1900-1350 BC) on Crete, Greece, might have been used for purification rituals.
some red and black pillars in an old building
Grand Staircase
The Grand Staircase at Knossos Palace ((1900-1350 BC) on Crete, Greece, led to the private quarters of the Minoan royal family.