Το παλάτι του βασιλιά Μίνωα! King Minos’ Palace!
Three major myths in the Greek anthology. A 4000-year-old palace. Ruins of Europe’s first advanced civilization. The oldest road in Europe. These are some of the things that our students got to experience first-hand today!
After a morning of classes filled with presentations, skits, performances, and some independent work time, our students piled onto the bus to the Minoan Palace of Knossos. This was one of the absolute highlights of the program to this point!
A short drive away from our hotel in Heraklion, the students disembarked the bus to wonder and awe at the archaeological site. All around were extremely beautiful Cyprus trees and mountains, as well as ancient walkways, structures, and art.
In the compound, students were able to see the original palace interior, frescoes of Ancient Greek soldiers, the famous pillars of King Minos’ palace, and of course, the ruins of his labyrinth!
Our guide through the palace was extremely well-informed and was able to tie in plenty of content from our students’ English and Classical Civilizations class. Our students were absolute rockstars for braving the hot sun, as they learned about the palace’s connections to the myths of Theseus and the Minotaur, Zeus and Europa, and Daedalus and Icarus.
The students had the once-in-a-lifetime to take a group photo on the oldest road in Europe, and take in the millennia of history at their very feet!
After the tour, the students got prepped in their best pink clothes to go see the Barbie movie as a group! Many of our students were really looking forward to this activity, and were loving the beautiful old theatre at which we saw the film. Laughs were had by all, and even some tears!
Tomorrow, morning classes and the optional authentic cooking class!
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-Harrison R., Activity Coordinator