Phaistos. Crete. Greece. View of the vast central court which belongs to the old palace (1900-1700 BC). It was used in the New Palace with minor alterations to its orientation and dimensions. It is a rectangular, stone paved open area and would have been lined with covered walkways or porticos on its long sides, with alternating pillars and columns of which the bases are still visible today. The central court was the focus of the economic, social and religious activity of the palace and there are indications that bull leaping was also performed here. The Minoan palatial city of Phaistos or Phaestos was the second most important Minoan palatial city in Crete after Knossos and is situated in central southern Crete in the Iraklio prefecture. Crete is Greece’s largest island and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean.
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