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“Ancient Aigai and Museum in Vergina”
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Vergina Half Day Private Tour from Thessaloniki
Reviewed February 25, 2015

There is a museum in Vergina, built in form of an ancient tumulus inside a large earth mound, unfortunately it is forbidden to take photos in here. In this museum can be seen 4 tombs of Macedonian kings, the most famous of them is Tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great, and one small temple, a Heroon. Tombs are colonnaded with nice wooden doors, and looks like small temples placed under ground. As well can be seen many of grave findings, lot of them in gold, among them a gold larnax with the Vergina Sun, or a Macedonian Star, on the lock, the symbol of Macedonia.
Museum is interesting to see, but gives a somewhat depressive feeling because of all darkness. Anyway it is a must-see once.
Nearby, near Pieria Mountains , between villages Vergina and Palatitsia is situated an Archaeological Site of Aigai, the capital of Macedonia until the 4th C BC. There are the ruins of two Royal Palaces with best Macedonian mosaics in situ, on the Acropolis of Aigai, as well as ancient Theatre, Temple of Eukleia and Sanctuary of Mother of the Gods, (mistress of animals), mother and virgin at the same time.
Unfortunately, the Site was closed until further notice, and it is unclear when and if it can be visited. Pity.

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Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

The museum was extraodinary as long as the exhibits,it was a great experience and if i had the chance i would visit it once more!!!

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Reviewed August 9, 2014

Vergina is a village in Northern Greece in the foothills of Mt. Pieria some 75 km from Thessaloniki. It is the location of the ancient capital of the Macedonians, called Aigai which had its heydays during the Archaic and Classic periods 7th through 4th centuries B.C.
The Palace of Philip II (Father of Alexander the Great) at Aigai is the biggest and (together with the Parthenon) the most important building of Classical Greece. You can visit also the site of the Royal Tombs, considered to be one of the most important archaeological discoveries of last century in Greece .
For those interested in ancient history Vergina is a great destination. I visited it twice and noticed that due to extended excavation every new visit can surprise you with some recently discovered artifacts.

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Reviewed February 24, 2013

One of the most amazing heritage sites I've ever visited! A great museum, with amazing exhibits showing the history of this unique place in Macedonia, Greece.
They also have a new website www.aigai.gr which is currently only in greek but will come up in english too

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Reviewed July 8, 2012

The city and description behind the history of this monument does it no justice. The discovery rivals that of King Tut. The tombs themselves have the museum built around them which is unique and gives it a sense of pomp. Shame that this museum does not get more visits. It is definitely worth the trip and its artifacts are beautiful. The video at the end is a must see. The only troubling this about this museum is the reference of Hades as Pluto. While Greeks have referred to Hades as Plouton and Plouton is known to Romans as Hades, for the sake of consistency, they should Hades since this is the name used in the movie at the museum.

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