Knossos was the political and social center of civilization on Crete.
It is not wholly known why the site was abandoned, but many historians and archaeologists believe it was due, at least in part, to natural disasters, most likely a large scale fire.
The island of Crete, and the site of Knossos, is home to its own unique variants of specific flora and fauna.
The palace is full of art and as an origin place of gods and stories unique to the Minoan civilization.
The Minoan civilization was unique in the fact that it existed solely on the island of Crete, and there is no evidence to show that its influence left the island other than in myths.