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The principal city of Minoan Crete, the remains of which are situated on the north coast of Crete. Excavations by Sir Arthur Evans from 1900 onwards revealed the remains of a luxurious and spectacularly decorated complex of buildings, which he named the Palace of Minos, with frescoes of landscapes, animal life, and the sport of bull-leaping. The city site was occupied from Neolithic times until c.1200 bc; Crete was overrun by the Mycenaeans in c.1450 bc, but the palace survived until the 14th or early 13th century bc.

Subjects: Architecture — Archaeology.

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