Knossos. Crete. Greece. Part view of the Palace of Knossos West Court paved with limestone flags and the West Façade which is made of massive gypsum blocks. The court had multiple uses such as a gathering place, as a market or even as Ariadne’s dancing floor as mentioned by Homer. 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.