Grand Staircase of Knossos

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Carole Raddato
published on 10 May 2019
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The Grand Staircase was the largest staircase in the Palace of Knossos (Crete) and has been described as one of the masterpieces of Minoan architecture. It consisted of two flights of stairs repeated on each floor and framed by a colonnade supporting the superstructure. The Grand Staircase was leading to the Royal Apartments. The two lower levels are original, while the two upper have been restored by Arthur Evans.

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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Raddato, Carole. "Grand Staircase of Knossos." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified May 10, 2019.

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Raddato, Carole. "Grand Staircase of Knossos." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 10 May 2019. Web. 01 Dec 2020.

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