July 20, 2024

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Mysterious labyrinth in Crete – built at least 4000 years ago

During the construction of a new airport in Crete, a mysterious structure was found – the ruins of a 4,000-year-old building resembling a labyrinth are located on the top of a hill.

On a site intended for the construction of a radar station for an airport under construction in Crete a structure with an area of ​​1800 square meters was discovered. According to archaeologists, it was built more than 4,000 years ago. Scientists are trying to determine the purpose of the labyrinth, the Greek Ministry of Culture said in a statement:

“It may have been periodically used for ritual ceremonies involving food, wine and offerings.”

Experts clarified that the structure is “a unique and extremely interesting find related to Minoan civilization of Crete“, known for its luxurious palaces, colorful art and mysterious writing system. This is not the first such find on the territory of the future airport – During the work, at least 35 archaeological objects were discovered there, writes euronews.

The ruins of the labyrinthine building visually resemble a huge wheel from above. Framed by eight stepped stone walls up to 1.7 meters high, the interior space is divided into small rooms flowing into one another. During excavations inside the labyrinth, a large number of animal bones were discovered. This fact suggests a ritual purpose for the building. The Greek Ministry of Culture said in a statement:

“The size, architectural layout and care of this construction required significant labor, specialist knowledge and reliable centralized control.”

After a short pause, work on the future airport will continue, its opening is scheduled for 2027. The airport is designed to replace Greece's second largest hub in Heraklion and is designed to serve up to 18 million travelers per year.

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