Knossos. Crete. Greece. View of one of the three large circular pits known as Kouloures, which were originally used as grain stores and then used later for votive offerings. They date from the old palace period between 1900-1700 BC. 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.