Knossos is unlike any other ancient ruin in the world. Like other great cities, it was a ceremonial, administrative, and commercial hub. But it contains structural elements which are both far earlier than any others, and which support a civic design open to the general populace to a greater degree. The four-story structure uses wooden columns to accommodate earthquakes. It preceded by a thousand years the extensive use of sewer drainage, rainwater cisterns, an aqueduct, and clay drinking water pipes. The architectural placement of its leadership residences, courtyards, sporting arenas, and theaters furthered civic integration and accessibility.
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