Back in Heraklion

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Back from my quick hop to the mainland, I used a morning to visit the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, which has quite a few things of interest.  The exhibits take you back eight thousand years, with objects dating back to 6000 BC.  I was particularly interested in the Phaistos Disk, a clay disk with spiralling inscriptions that resemble hieroglyphs.  The meaning of this ancient text has not been deciphered yet.  There were also samples of Linear A and B inscriptions; of these two ancient forms of writing, Linear B has been partially deciphered because it’s identified with an early form of the Greek language called Mycenaean.  Linear A, on the other hand, pertains to a language that’s lost, so its meaning is uncertain.  Beyond these very interesting artifacts, there were a few sculptures that took my breath away. One of them was a ‘bull rider’ -the sculpture of a male figure that seems to graciously dive on air, whilst grasping the bull’s horns.

Photography was not permitted, so I could not take pictures.  The above is a view of Heraklion.

If you would like to book a guided tour of this wonderful city, including the Archaeological Museum, contact Karma Travel!  Their expert staff can also find you brilliant accommodation and organise your transfers.

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