During our two week stay on the Mediterranean island of Crete my wife Liz and I felt almost obligated to spend a day visiting the famous Minoan ruins at Knossos, just a few miles away from where we were staying at Hersonissos.
It was the hottest day of our holiday as we walked around the palaces and courtyards of the site, and maybe that had something to do with the disappointment that we felt during our visit.
The historic site at Knossos has definately been turned into a tourist attraction, and was packed with a multitude of visiting nationalities shuffling along the walkways and perspiring in the the heat. (Ourselves included of course!)
I found the buildings and courtyards something of a conundrum as well, having been 'restored' using modern materials in an attempt to make them look as they would have done all those centuries ago.
However, I did enjoy viewing and photographing the lovely murals and frescoes adorning the walls of the ruins, such as this striking painting of the 'Prince of Lilies' on the walls of one of the palaces.
Filename - crete knossos mural 01.jpg
Camera - Canon 6D
Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 88mm
Exposure - 1/30sec @ f8, ISO200
Filters - Polarising filter used to enhance colours.
Location - Knossos, Crete
This image - 533x800px JPEG
Conversion - Adobe Lightroom
Comments - Handheld exposure with lens stabilisation.
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