Yishharu grew up in the peaceful years of Minoan naval power and spent his life in the meandering corridors and the splendid rooms of Knossos. As we explore the palace, we will discover the secrets of daily life in Minoan Crete ... More info ›
Yishharu grew up in the peaceful years of Minoan naval power and spent his life in the meandering corridors and the splendid rooms of Knossos. As we explore the palace, we will discover the secrets of daily life in Minoan Crete.
This is a self-guided mobile tour provided by our tour-guide app. The tour is based on an award-winning storytelling concept and the fascinating narratives prepared by handpicked destination experts. Enjoy this multilingual tour by using your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet at your own pace, even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step by step to explore all the points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of signature stories, allowing you to tailor this experience to your personal interests and schedule.
*Ticket / entrance fee to the archaeological site is not included!
Minos’ children: daily life in Knossos takes advantage of local expertise to present the Minoan palace of Knossos. And when we say local, we mean it. Our guide is Yishharu, the son of an aristocratic family, who grew up in the peaceful years of Minoan naval power. He spent his life in the meandering corridors and the splendid rooms of the palace, so he is in a unique position to reveal the secrets of daily life in Minoan Crete.
Yishharu welcomes us right in front of the palace and takes us for an enchanting walk through all the main sights of this magnificent building. He is a sweet talker and knows how to hold our attention. He points out all the intricate details that defined Minoan fashion as we look at the wall paintings that adorn the corridors of Knossos. At the impressive storage rooms he explains the elaborate organization of the Minoan economy and reveals the names of his bulls (Dusky and Noisy). We can almost smell the delicacies served by the cooks at the regular feasts held in the palace for the hundreds of guests who attended.
As we cross the large courtyard, Yishharu reminisces about life in the countryside and tries to explain to us the lighthearted and joyful secrets of the Minoan religion. You can almost see the sanctuary at the top of Mount Juktas that rises in the distance. We re-enter the palace and discover the luxurious amenities provided, such as indoor plumbing and western-style toilets (with flushing capabilities). He is rather reluctant to discuss his most recent visit to the dentist but far less so to entertain us with stories about last night’s debaucheries with his friends over endless cups of wine, beer, and opium. On the way out he is kind enough to whisper some confidential details regarding the rites that took place in the numerous sunken rooms near the exit and disclose his belief in the afterlife. He plans, after all, to be buried with perfumes, cosmetics, and real food. You can never have too much of a good thing.
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- Learn about the fashion styles of prehistoric Crete as you marvel at the magnificent frescoes that adorn the palace walls.
- See the rows of the large storage containers that kept the Minoans well-fed throughout the year.
- Marvel at the elaborate plumbing facilities in the royal chambers (including a flush toilet).