Knossos is a very large archaeological site on Crete, and was probably the capital of the Minoan civilization. It is a huge palace made up of many corridors, living areas, workshops and storerooms, as well as larger palace rooms. It was not a palace in the modern sense of the word, but a huge centre of administration, religion and storage for the whole community.
The palace of Knossos is associated with the myth of King Minos, a legendary king of Crete. It was King Minos who instructed Daedalus to build the famous Labyrinth for him, in which he imprisoned the monstrous Minotaur, which was half man and half bull. There are many references in this book to the myth of Daedalus. We have already been introduced to the Maze, which surely references the Labyrinth that Daedalus created. Watch out for more allusions to classical mythology to come.