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“Standing where Alexander the Great stood”
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Vergina Half Day Private Tour from Thessaloniki
Reviewed April 8, 2016

I visited all the main historical sites in Greece last summer – Athens and the Acropolis and Temple of Poseidon, Delphi, Corinth, Mycenae, Olympia, Thermopylae, but none, none compared to the Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai. None of them, all together. Instead of a collection of stones, requiring you to see these sites more in your mind than before you, here you could almost touch the past.

To be able to go down into the ground and stand before the tomb of Phillip of Macedon; to see the painted decorations on its front, the colours still visible after 2,000 years; to be able to get to within a few feet of the flagstones over which Alexander the Great walked, what wonders!

And the objects found in Phillip’s tomb; to see, for the first time, objects I’ve only seen in photographs: the gold box within which Phillip’s bones were laid – how small it is; the enormous bronze household objects, such as bowls and dishes, used to wash his body, now all turned green; his armour – from the size of it, you would think it was for an adolescent boy, not a man; the remains of his funeral pyre...

The museum is in the shape of a burial mound and the lighting inside is low but sufficient to see everything. It is not a large museum (there is another museum on the site but it was closed on the day I visited – how typically Greek!) and there are objects from other tombs, e.g. the silverware of a prince of the Macedon royal family – so beautiful and modern, you think you could buy it today.

And – in the middle of August – the museum was empty! No crowds to get in the way. I don’t know how you would get here without a car but try.

Thank the heavens they don’t allow photographs: use your eyes and, more importantly, your knowledge of history and your soul to wonder at how close the past is when you can stand so close to its buildings and the possessions of the immortals.

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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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