Knossos. Crete. Greece. Side rea view of the Arthur Evans restored North Lustral basin which Evans believed was used to purify visitors going into the Palace via the neighbouring North entrance. It has a lower level which is reached by steps surrounded by columns and was lined with gypsum giving it a luxurious appearance. 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.