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Minoan Palace, Knossos, Crete #2

Minoan palace at Knossos on the island of Crete

The story behind this image

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.

This section of the famous Minoan palace, with its fresco of the minotaur, was one of the more photogenic examples of the restoration efforts.

Image data

Filename - crete knossos palace 02.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 32mm

Exposure - 1/250sec @ f8, ISO200

Filters - Polarising filter used to reduce glare and enhance colours.

Location - Knossos, Crete

This image - 551x800px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Slightly converging verticals corrected in Lightroom.