Minoans are the oldest population of Crete and are proposed as the founders of the first European advanced civilization. Crete and the island of  Santorini preserve Minoan traces from 3500 BC to present days. Art habits and religion of Minoan were later absorbed by the Mycenaean (Greek) culture.

In the palace of Knossos, red bull fresco, a labyrinth reminder

Sea life on Minoan vases

Inside king Minos palace of Knossos

Vase tombs from the Minoan civilization

Phaistos Disc with its undecipherable message


This is the new episode of the reportage Crete:Kingdom of Candia. Click each picture to open it full size. Previous episode(s):

1. Once upon the time in the Kingdom of Candia

2. Gramvousa ochre and turquoise

3. Solo sliders

4. Go West: Falassarna shores of Crete

5. Balos lagoon, a royal beauty

6. Balos, all the colors of water

7. Visitors (or not) in the Mediterranean Sea

8. The only good nation is Imagination

9. Postcards from Chania

10. Wet rocks

11. Rethymno: the Fortezza

12. Between two words

13. A lucky underwater encounter

14. A trip to Spinalonga

15. The last leper colony

16. Blue Crete