I really love the atmosphere of this Minoan palace. It always fascinates me how the creators chose this perfect location in relation to the surrounding land. Cradled by the surrounding mountains, standing on a slight hill, looking out into the fertile villages, olive groves and vinyards. It just makes you admire the perfect sense of harmony with the land that the Minoans were so good at creating. The grand staircases and the ceremonial courts just invite you to imagine the countless processions of people bearing offerings to the temple, celebrating in ritual dances and bull leaping ceremonies the abundant nature that they saw as the Mother Goddess that provides her people with all they need. We just really felt transported thousands of years back in time. The only unpleasant thing here are the guards that kept harrasing us, telling us that we can only walk the procession way once, cannot take pictures of ourselves copiing the positions of the minoan statues and paintings ( why ???, this guard even asked a friend of mine to delete her picture of a woman standing with raised arms in the position of the minoan snake goddess). That really spoiled the experience of this beautiful, magic place.
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