→Early Thrones and Cultures
Europe's oldest throne room is found at the palace of Knossos, a city in Crete that existed in the 2nd millennium BCE. Similar to the ancient Near East, the idea of a throne room was also meant to not only have the raised chair and platform where the king would receive people but wall decorations of griffins, which also became symbols of royal power in the Mediterranean and stretching to Central Asia. At Knossos, the throne also was surrounded by benches, which were possibly used by the king's council. Thus, thrones also became to symbolize a type of court where council would be given to the king. Later, the idea of a parliament retained this idea, where a king would receive council sitting on a raised throne.