Sunday, October 18, 2009

Maze of underground caves could be the original site of the ancient Greek Labyrinth

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 2:39 AM on 17th October 2009

An elaborate network of underground tunnels topped by a stone quarry on the Greek island of Crete may be the original site of the ancient Labyrinth – the mythical maze where the half-bull, half-man Minotaur lived.

The site, located near the town of Gortyn in the south of the island, is believed to have as much claim to be the Labyrinth as the Minoan palace at Knossos, 20 miles away.

Knossos, which was excavated a century ago had largely been heralded as the home of the legendary King Minos, who commissioned the Labyrinth to contain the Minotaur, a terrifying hybrid born of a union between his wife and a bull. MORE HERE.


An 1821 illustration of the Labyrinth at Gortyn

An 1821 illustration of the Labyrinth at Gortyn


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