The oldest throne room in Europe is located in this ancient palace on Crete


In the Palace of Knossos on the Greek island of Crete, a magnificent throne room built during the 15th century BC is considered the oldest such room in Europe.

The palace was built by the Minoans, an Aegean civilisation known for their elaborate palaces and beautiful frescoes.

The Minoan civilisation flourished from about 3000 BCE to around 1500 BCE, eventually falling under the rule of late Bronze Age Mycenaean Greece.

The first palace of Knossos was constructed around 2000 BCE. It was later destroyed in an earthquake around 1720 BCE.

The famous dolphin fresco. Photo: Stock Photos from GEORGIOS TSICHLIS/Shutterstock.

The rebuilt palace is what remains today—a complex of frescoed rooms, magnificent columns, and zig-zagging stairs. The palace served as the administrative and ceremonial headquarters of the Minoan realms.

The throne room:

The throne room itself was unearthed in 1900 by British archaeologist Arthur Evans, during the first phase of his excavations in Knossos.

It was found in the center of the palatial complex and west of the central court. The chamber contains an alabaster seat on the north wall, identified by Evans as a “throne,” while two Griffins resting on each side are gazing at it, seemingly paying their respects to the figure who sits there.

The throne room at Knossos, featuring frescoed walls. Photo: Stock Photos from ANTON CHYGAREV/Shutterstock.

The room also includes a stone bowl which may have been used in religious rituals. The frescos along the walls of the room depict griffins.

Although the throne room may have been used by a ruler, it also may have been purely ceremonial with the throne reserved for the presence of a god or goddess.

Today, Knossos can be visited by travellers and history buffs. Along with other Minoan palaces, Knossos is currently on the tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage Sites.




By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.


Latest News

2035: The end of the Greek community of Australia as we know it (Part Two)

In our previous article we referred to the important year 2035, a milestone for the presence and evolution of Hellenism in Australia.

‘Poor Things’ costumes exhibition opens at Benaki Museum in Greece

Costumes from Giorgos Lanthimos' film "Poor Things" are featured in an exhibition inaugurated by Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou.

Meet Joanna Kalafatis: New Greek star of hit Netflix series ‘Maestro in Blue’

Joanna Kalafatis is a beautiful Greek woman with voluminous hair. However, as the saying goes, there’s a lot more than meets the eye.

Archaeologists in Crete mystified by 4000-year-old discovery

A recently discovered 4,000-year-old stone building in Crete is puzzling archaeologists and potentially delaying an airport project.

Greece ranks third among Mediterranean cruise destinations

Data from the Hellenic Ports Association (ELIME) show that Greek ports handled 7,003,150 passengers in 2023, up from 4,629,650 in 2022.

You May Also Like

Mourners claim they have been banned from visiting Melbourne cemeteries

Mourners are confused by restrictions around visiting cemeteries in Victoria, with police saying people are allowed to mourn but with social distance.

National Greek Tourism Organisation to open office at The Greek Centre in Melbourne

National Greek Tourism Organisation has confirmed it will open office at The Greek Centre in Melbourne, Victoria.

Greece secures victory against Kosovo in UEFA Nations League second round

Greece has claimed its second victory in the UEFA Nations League after defeating Kosovo 1-0 at Pristina this morning.