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Peak Sanctuary of Mt. Juktas Dewan, Rachel


Mt. Juktas is a large mountain in north-central Crete, 13 km south-west of Knossos. In the Bronze Age, a religious sanctuary sat atop its highest peak, Psili Korfi. Similar mountain-top shrines known as "peak sanctuaries" were visited by worshippers on elevated peaks across Minoan Crete, but Juktas seems to have been the central and perhaps most significant of these sites. It was most likely connected, religiously and later politically, with the palace and settlement of Knossos, and was an important part of the political and ritual environment of the wider Knossos valley.

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