The Architectural Feat of the Palace of Knossos
The Minoan civilization that flourished on the island of Crete is best known for their recognizable architecture and art which came about during the Bronze age. The center for administration and economic growth for the island of Crete was confined within the Minoan Palace of Knossos. Unfortunately, the extravagant beauty of the palace was only recently discovered when British Archaeologist, Arthur Evans, starting excavated the site in 1900. Evans was the first to call the ancient inhabitants of Crete Minoans. The complexity and the grandeur of the palace helps to identify that Knossos was at one point in history the capital of Crete (Mark, 2010). According to Greek mythology, architect Daedalus designed the palace of Knossos with great complexity. The objective of Daedalus’ plan was to make the palace so complicated finding one’s way out would be an impossible task (Sakoulas). Other versions of the story state that Daedalus designed the labyrinth, a maze like structure, with a double-bladed ax which contained the Minotaur, a half-man half-bull figure (Mark, 2010). Whatever the basis of the story may be, King Minos wanted to ensure the secret to escaping be kept confidential. In order to do so, King Minos demanded Daedalus and his son, Icarus, be held as prisoners in the palace. Being the clever man Daedalus was, he anticipated the kings move. Daedalus installed two sets of wings for him and his son to escape from the island.