FESTOS (Heraklion) CRETE

Festos (Heraklion Prefecture)

63 km southwest of Heraklion and about 78 km southeast of Rethimnon, was the second most important palace-city of Minoan Crete. The residence of the mythical Radamanthes, the palace was also the nucleus of a settlement inhabited to that of Knossos. Here too the rooms are arranged around a court. On the other hand, it contrast to Knossos, the frescoes decorating the walls being covered with a lining of pure white gypsum. The area of this palace was 9.000 sq. m.