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Phaistos Crete - Festos

Phaistos (Festos) was the most wealthy and powerful city of Minoan civilization in southern Crete. The palace of Phaistos overlooks the Messara plain from its location on a low hill, and it is the second in size palace of Crete after Knossos.
Phaistos is built on the most spectacular setting of all palaces in Crete and
it was inhabited since the late neolithic era with several  well organized settlements on the hill and the surrounding. area.

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The first palace was built around 2000 BC. During the rebuilding of the palace in 1700 BC several of the rooms from the old palace were retained in the new building, and archaeologists today have excavated several areas of the new palace to reveal the older structures below. Phaistos was the home of Radamanthis, the brother of the legendary king of Minos. The palace continued to be used even after its destruction of 1400 BC, although it gradually lost its power until the emerging center of nearby Gortyn destroyed it finally in 200 BC.

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The area upon which Phaistos stood was the site where, in 1908, a curious clay disk, dating to about 1700 BC, and containing a sophisticated pictographic writing, was discovered. This Phaistos Disc has yet to be deciphered.

Matala was the port of Phaistos during the Minoan period.

 

 



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