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Phaistos was one of the major cities of Minoan civilization along with Knossos, Malia and Kato Zakro. The Minoan civilization was a Bronze Age civilization that arose on the island of Crete and flourished from approximately the 27th century BC to the 15th century BC. It was rediscovered at the beginning of the 20th century through the work of British archaeologist Arthur Evans. Will Durant referred to it as “the first link in the European chain”. Minoan palaces (anaktora), like the one in Phaistos, are the best known building types to have been excavated on the island. They are monumental buildings serving administrative purposes, as evidenced by the large archives unearthed by archaeologists.
The name of Phaistos is substantiated by the coins of the classical city. They display motifs such as Europa sitting on a bull, Talos with wings or Heracles without beard and being crowned. References to Phaistos in ancient Greek literature are quite frequent. Phaistos is first referenced by Homer as “well populated”, and the Homeric epics indicate its participation in the Trojan war.
Phaistos archaeological site, Island of Crete, Greece, Europe
Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-85 mm at 24 mm, 1/1000 sec at f/ 10, ISO 200
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  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 1 year ago

    July 17, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Thank you very much for the feature Teresa!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Apostolos Mantzouranis
    Apostolos Mant...over 1 year ago

    Wonderful work friend! Just a magical place

  • Thanks a lot Apostole!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Maria1606
    Maria1606over 1 year ago

    Beautiful work!!

  • Thanks a lot Maria!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerover 1 year ago

    Beautiful capture my friend ! CONGRATULATIONS on the FEATURE !

  • Thank you very much Tom!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpover 1 year ago

  • Many thanks for the feature Marie!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Stephen Thomas
    Stephen Thomasover 1 year ago

    Excellent photo!

  • Thank you very much Stephen!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 1 year ago

    Many thanks for the feature to Greece and all things Hellenic group!

  • Arfan Habib
    Arfan Habibover 1 year ago

    Superb capture and history Konstantinos!

  • Thank you very much Arfan!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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  • Many thanks for the feature!

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