Posted by: Leap of Faith | January 29, 2010

Minotaur Maze


It has been a while since I last updated my blog regarding our not-so-recent family vacation in Greece.  The last one I did was in December (Rhodes Town).  But, since there were so many activities that month, I decided to just blog about those first and come back to writing about our trip when things became normal again. Anyway, this is the moment and I hope you do not mind if I turn back the hands of time a bit to when we traveled to the supposed site of the legendary Minotaur Maze.

I hope our photographs do not disappoint you, though, since I am sure all of us have mental images of a labyrinth-like structure whenever this maze is mentioned.  Apparently, however, the legend was supposedly based on the Palace of King Minos of Crete, who commissioned the construction of this massive structure to hold a mythical creature who was half man and half bull –  this was more popularly known as the Minotaur, derived from (King) Mino and taur(us).  How big is this palace you may ask? Well, it only had around 1,300 rooms, which were connected by corridors of varying sizes and directions, hence, the maze-like feature.

Archeologists believe that this structure, which was built by the Minoan civilization between 1700 to 1400 BC, may have looked like this:

Unfortunately now, what only remains are the (reconstructed) ruins of what was arguably one of the greatest civilizations of ancient times.

Inside the structure shown below is the famous throne room.

Yes, that uncomfortable looking object connected to the wall is the King’s throne!  I am sure King Minos complained a lot about his back aches whenever he sat there all day…hehehe!

They found this monument in the palace grounds, which unmistakably is the symbol of bull horns – the Minotaur’s perhaps? 

Other interesting finds include vases, food storage areas and paintings among other.

The picture below is one of the most popular images of this place.  The bull painting again reinforces the legend that this was indeed the home of the Minotaur.

Of course, for posterity’s sake, we had to make sure we had another photograph of this but with the whole family – so Pinoy…hehehe!

Notice our flip-flops?  Most of the people in the cruise were wearing them so we thought it must be comfy to go to all these places using them.  Damn, we were wrong.  Not only did we look so pathetic in these photos but we also ended up having major feet ache after the tour. Ouch!

Anyway, this is all for now.  I hope you come back to view the photographs from our next trip to Lindos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

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  1. Just amazing how they were able to piece together how this place originally looked like – seems like we were walking in time. Great!

    • What I enjoyed most about our trip to Greece is the fact that I can now relate to some of the things they show in the Discovery Channel. I saw them featuring this place one time and all I can think of while wathcing the show was “I was there!”


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