Knossos. Crete. Greece. View of the first floor of west wing which Arthur Evans named the Piano Nobile. To the right is the Sanctuary Hall with a partial view of the stumps of the 6 columns that once stood here. To the left is the smaller reception room which has the stumps of the two columns that stood there. 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.