Knossos. Crete. Greece. Part view of the Throne Room located on the ground floor of the Palace of Knossos west wing. The room has the throne of Minos made of gypsum standing against the north wall flanked by guardian griffins frescoes and the original benches that seated sixteen noble counsellors. Opposite the throne are a row of wooden columns which provide a barrier to the small lustral basin which is reached by a number of steps and was used for sacred ablutions by the King and court. The highly sophisticated Minoans which were Europe’s first great civilization built the Palace of Knossos, the legendary home of King Minos which is connected with thrilling legends, such as the myth of the Labyrinth, with the Minotaur and the story of Daidalos and Ikaros. Crete is Greece’s largest island and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean.