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West Wing Shrines
Phaistos Palace
Almost the whole south part of the West Wing was dedicated to the shrines of the New Palace. The main architectural types of shrine are the "Bench Shrine" and the "Lustral Basin".
The first type consists of small, rectangular rooms with low benches running round the walls, perhaps to support cult objects and figurines of the deity. On some of them were found female figurines, ritual vessels and "Offering Tables" (small altars). On the walls of some rooms are incised sacred symbols, such as the double Axe and the star.
The "lustral Basin" type consists of rooms which are set somewhat lower than the surrounding structures, with a few steps leading down into them.
The were usually lined with slabs of gypsum, giving them a highly - finished appearance. Although it is doubtful that these structures contained water, it is thought that they were used for purification rituals.
There is a third type of Minoan shrine in the S-E part of the shrine wing. Its is a room with central pillars (Square, stone - built columns) thought to be a cult area, similar to the "Pillar Crypts" of the Palace of Knossos, where the sacred pillar was worshiped by pouring libations.



In and/or around West Wing Shrines:
(within a radius of 50 Km)






Aretoussa Pension Pitsidia
at 5km(SW) from West Wing Shrines
Aretoussa Pension

Kiknos Studios Kalamaki
at 5.6km(SW) from West Wing Shrines
Kiknos Studios

Melissa Hotel *** Matala
at 7.3km(SW) from West Wing Shrines
Melissa Hotel ***

Die Zwei Bruder Pension & Villas For Rent Matala
at 8.7km(SW) from West Wing Shrines
Die Zwei Bruder Pension & Villas for rent

Irini Mare Holiday Resort Agia Galini, South Rethimno
at 11.9km(NW) from West Wing Shrines
Irini Mare Holiday Resort

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