The Hall of Double Axes at Knossos

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The Hall of Double Axes at Knossos

The Hall of the Double Axes was a double chamber with an inner and an outer room. The inner room could be closed off by eleven sets of double doors. It is probable that this was to provide privacy for some religious rituals which were not to be seen by the public. The wooden throne shown in the picture is a replica

hall of double axes exterior
the restored exterior of the Hall of Double Axes

hall of double axes artists rendition
artist's rendition of possible restoration of the Hall of Double Axes

The floor was made of gypsum slabs which also faced the lower walls. The upper walls were decorated with a painted spiral on plaster. Large ox-hide figure-8 shields may have hung on the walls as shown in the artist's depiction.

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