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Propylaea
Phaistos Palace
The impressive staircase starting in the west Court led to the monumental Propylaea, the principal and most impressive entrance to the New Palace (1700-M50 BC). The portico consists of a central column - only the base is preserved today - flanked by pilasters. There followed a solid wall with a double opening and a colonnade of three columns. The floors of the Propylaea complex were paved with gypsum slabs which gave it a sumptuous appearance. The colonnade opens onto a large open-air light-well through which rainwater drained away.
There are two accesses from the Propylaea to different parts of the Palace. The first access, in the hall with the colonnade, led via a staircase and corridors to the Peristyle and thence to the "Royal Apartments".
The second, in the SE corner of the light-well, led to an inner staircase which ended in the Antechamber of the Magazines and the Central Court of the Palace.

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In and/or around Propylaea:
(within a radius of 50 Km)






Aretoussa Pension Pitsidia
at 5km(SW) from Propylaea
Aretoussa Pension

Kiknos Studios Kalamaki
at 5.6km(SW) from Propylaea
Kiknos Studios

Melissa Hotel *** Matala
at 7.3km(SW) from Propylaea
Melissa Hotel ***

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

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

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