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Donkeys at Psychro Cave

Donkeys at Psychro Cave

It’s a long climb up the mountain to reach the Psychro Cave in Crete. Visitors who don’t want to walk up to the archaeological site can make use of the local donkey train. (Some animals used on the path are mules, i.e. a cross between a horse and a donkey.)

Photographed by Josho Brouwers

Early Christian basilica at Gortyna

Early Christian basilica at Gortyna

This basilica in Gortyna, Crete, was dedicated to the first Bishop of Crete, St Titos. It was founded in the sixth century AD, during the reign of Emperor Justinian (527-565). It replaced an earlier basilica of the fifth century AD. An earthquake in 620 virtually destroyed it, so that it had to be rebuilt.

Photographed by Josho Brouwers

Quartier Mu in Malia

Quartier Mu in Malia

A view across Quartier Mu in Malia, part of the ancient Bronze Age town that once surrounded the court complex (“palace”). The modern roof preserves the site from the elements.

Photographed by Josho Brouwers

The Throne Room in Knossos

The Throne Room in Knossos

The “Throne Room” at Knossos, heavily restored by Arthur Evans. It has been dated to the time of the presumed “Mycenaean” (mainland) takeover of Knossos (Late Minoan II). It is not clear if this room was really used by a king instead of a priest or priestess.

Photographed by Josho Brouwers