Day 9: Ancient Cultures in Knossos

We arrived in Crete by overnight ferry! This was a fun adventure for everyone, as we got to spend some downtime exploring the ship and seeing what it had to offer. After an early morning transfer and breakfast at the hotel, we left to go to the Palace of Knossos, an ancient Minoan palace.

After eating breakfast in the hotel, we all took a short bus trip to an archeological site that held an ancient Minoan palace. The Palace of Knossos was originally a multi-story building, but today barely stands as a building at all. Here, Ancient nobles and other high-figures in society would do the business of the people. In the palace, they had different rooms that served the tenants different purposes. In one room, young children were taught how to read and write, and in another room, the wives and women could chat with each other. The palace, in its ancient time of operation, had lots of staff working in it’s name, such as servants and guards. These staff had rooms on an opposite side of the palace as the nobles did. We all enjoyed visiting this beautiful site and learned a lot about it thanks to our wonderful tour guide, who did a great job explaining each aspect of the palace. After visiting the palace went to a nearby deli to grab a snack before continuing our adventures in Crete.

– Nick S. ’18

After breakfast we went to Knossos site. It was the residential area of ancient people. At the beginning of the tour, our guide Dimitra introduced who lived here and what they did here. The Minoan noble families lived here, and they used it also for storage and religion ceremonies here.

The first room we visited is the room for storage. There were ninety-four large jars for them to store the things that they need for daily life like olive oil. Then we visited the Throne room. In this room there is a chair for an important person for the people lived here. Around throne, there are the chairs for the seats of other people. The color of this room was red, it is really different with other room. This is the room that we are able to walk in and see the throne carefully. Archaeologists believe that this room was used for religious purposes.

The biggest room of the Knossos is the bedroom of king and queen. Actually, it was not the king and queen’s bedroom. The person who discovered this site assumed the biggest room was for the king to live. However, there might no king during this period. So the biggest room was for the religion ceremonies at the ancient time.

Although the architectures are not same as ancient time. The wall and the things inside are not very good. But from what they left we still can know how big and magnificent it was be. There are many things we do not know about what happen at this time, however History is about keep discover.

– Selina C. ’20

Today evening, we had a surprise visit the printing machine for the Patris (country in Greek) newspaper. I was very excited for the pop-up experience. When we arrived in the factory, the owner of factory explained about 2 major printing machine. He actually operated the one that prints up to 20,000 newspapers per hour.  The unique part of machine is it still works like brand-new even it’s 20 years old! He also showed the another machine that prints 50,000 newspapers per hour although we did not get to see this print machine run, it was impressive. The newspaper gets distributed everywhere in Crete.

We also met with a journalist from the newspaper. He explained to us some of the technical details of writing for a newspaper. He explained to us that a piece of our souls goes into each story that we write. This was great advice for us as we move forward with our articles!

– Woo Jin J. ’21