It was excavated in this century and appealed existence of the legendary palace to the world. It is one of the most gorgeous and colorful palace I've ever seen. Many murals (those originals are displayed in the museum in Iraklio) show the cultural exchange and prosperity of the Minoan.
There're said to be found some similar scene drawn on the murals - a mission visited Egypt from Crete - in the old tomb (about 1500 B.C.) in
Egypt and in Knossos.
A geological catastrophe - the eruption of the volcano of Santorini and a big earthquake followed by in about 1500 B.C. - destroyed the high level of Minoan civilization.
One of the recent Bible research tells that the tidal wave due to the earthquake caused 'the Miracle of the Red Sea' and help Moses's exodus.