Palace at Knossos: Bastion of the Bull

Bastion of the Bull at Knossos in Crete, Greece

Bastion of the Bull at Knossos

Bastion of the Bull
Located near the northern entrance, the Bastion of the Bull is one of the structures reconstructed at the archaeological site of Knossos located on the Greek island of Crete, Greece. It has the famous Charging Bull fresco engraved on its wall. Sir Arthur Evans, the British archaeologist who excavated the site, used his imagination to reconstructed it and he did so by using modern materials.

This site belonged to the Minoans, a mysterious culture that thrived in Crete more than 4000 years ago. The bull was part of Minoan religious ceremonies, so the experts believe that the bull cult was one of their religions. Minoan’s interactions with other cultures influenced their bull worship. Many cultures contemporary with Minoans worshiped the bull because they considered it a symbol of fertility.

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Ruins of a multi-storied structure
Ruins of Palace at Knossos
Reconstructed hall with columns and frescoes
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Queen’s Megaron

Frescoes
Prince of the Lilies Fresco
Dolphins Fresco
Griffin Fresco in the Throne Room
Bull Leaping Fresco
Ladies in Blue Fresco

Related Pages
Minoan Civilization, Mycenaean Civilization
Athens, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora
Crete, Greek Islands, Greece
Ephesus

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