Phaistos. Crete. Greece. View of the Queens Megaron located in the southernmost area of the Royal apartments. Now under protective cover, the Queens chamber consisted of a spacious hall with a double colonnade opening onto a lightwell. The floors were paved with gypsum slabs with red plaster filling the interstices. Gypsum was also widely used for benches running around the lower part of the walls. The upper walls were decorated with frescoes depicting plant motifs. Two rhyta-hornlike drinking vessel, were found here; one is decorated with cult symbols of the double axe and sacral knot while the other bears a reed pattern. 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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