The "Hall of the Double Axes" and the "Queen's Megaron"

The "Hall of the Double Axes" and the "Queen's Megaron" (HM1LUE)

Location: 714 09
Country: Greece
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N 35° 17.859', E 25° 9.818'

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Archaeological information concerning political organization during the Minoan period is very limited. Nevertheless, the mythological tradition concerning King Minos and Evan's notions concerning the institution of kingship have influenced interpretations of the Palace and its spaces. The "Royal Apartments" have been located in this region.

The "Hall of the Double Axes"


The "Hall of the Double Axes" (Figure 1) was so named by Evans due to the double-axe signs engraved on the walls of the lightwell at its rear. He also thought that it was the place of residence of the king of Knossos.

The central area has openings on three sides and its therefore called a "polythyron" (system with multiple doorways). It has a slab floor and its walls were embellished with gypsum slabs and frescoes. The area between the "polythyron" and the lightwell was used as a reception hall. Traces of a wooden construction were found here. Evans reconstructed a wooden throne at this spot.

According to the archaeological finds, the arrangement of the apartments on the upper floor was comparable with those on the ground floor.

The "Queen's Megaron"


Near the "Hall of the Double Axes" is a smaller hall, comparably arranged and richly decorated (Figure 2). Evans thought that it must have belonged to the Queen. Fragments of frescoes with dolphins and dancing ladies were found. The room is largely restored and copies of the wall paintings have been put up on the walls (Figure 3). At the end of the room, a low partition wall with one column created a small space. It was thought that it was the "Queen's Bathroom" since pieces of a clay "bath" were found there.

A corridor joins the "Queen's Megaron" with rooms that have been interpreted as places of preparation and washing.
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Date Added Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 at 6:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)35S E 333027 N 3907598
Decimal Degrees35.29765000, 25.16363333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 17.859', E 25° 9.818'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 17' 51.54" N, 25° 9' 49.08" E
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near Epar.Od. Knossou - Charaka, 714 09, GR
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