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Palace of Knossos
The Minoan civilization in Crete was named for a legendary king named Minos. Many things were discovered at this site such as storerooms, jars, and vases. The most impressive was the palace with hundreds of rooms discovered by Sir Arthur Evans in 1894. He started excavating in 1892 and continued digging up the civilization until 1903. Inside the palace, archaeologists found a lot of paintings, many with bulls. The Minoans theough that the bull was a sacred animal. According to Greek legends a half-bull half-man monster called the Minotaur was kept in a maze called the Labyrinth. The palace Evans discovered has long corridors and it may be modeled after the Labyrinth. The palace also has water running in pipes to some of the rooms.
The Minoan civilization died out, perhaps
due to an eruption of the volcano of Santorini, an island to Knossos'
north, or to some other natural disaster.