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Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina)
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Vergina
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Reviewed 4 February 2012

A remarkable on site museum. An old burial mound that was not considered important turned out to have Alexander the Great's father's tomb as well as his son's. After the discovery the mound was artificially recreated and the area beneath made into a museum that displayed all the finds. You can see the actual facade of the two important tombs.
We took two buses from Thessaloniki to get there and it was easy. I could not believe that such a great site, well prepared and containing such wonderful treasures was so badly advertized and treated so insignificantly by the Greek authorities considering that it is a World Heritage Site

2  Thank Conram
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Reviewed 24 January 2012

The whole place was excellent. The museum was very well laid out with explanations of the exhibits written in English as well as Greek. The tombs put it all in perspective

2  Thank T3482013
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Reviewed 12 January 2012

While on a trip to Thessaloniki with my family, we visited Vergina. This is the site of the ancient Macedonian capital of Aigai, with the royal tombs that were excavated in the late 1970s. The findings of the excavations that are on display are impressive and the exhibition is well organized. I found excellent the idea to build the museum inside the Great Tumulus, i.e. the original site of the tombs. Really worth visiting!

3  Thank Panos T
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Reviewed 24 September 2011

the museum of Vergina totally respects the environment as it is located under the surface, exactly where the tombs have been originally located. The area above the surface was covered with grass. Inside, lighting was very discreet so as to feel the magic of the moment.

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Reviewed 7 August 2011

The first thing you see in the Great Tumulus, an artificial hill erected over the tombs, to mark the spot. And then, you walk down the corridor that takes you underground.

The room is huge, dimly lit; only the artifacts are bathed in an otherworldly glow. Headstones, priceless artifacts from the royal Macedonian tombs, murals. And then, Phillip's (Alexander the Great's father) burial artifacts -- so rich, so elegant, so precious it's hard to realise that they've withstood the obstacles of time and looters and are there in front of you, for the world to marvel. Take a long, good look at the golden wreaths -- their detailed craftmanship will blow your mind away....

And then go down a few stairs: King Phillip's tomb, a gem of white marble, stands behind a glass window. This is an experience no words can describe.

But it doesn't end there: right next to it, you'll find Alexander IV's (son of Alexander the Great) tomb. Make sure you watch the short, but poignant documentary featuring the late Manolis Andronikos, the archaeologist who brought these masterpieced to light, at the end of your visit.

PS1. Photos and videos are not allowed in the room.
PS2. For more royal tombs, follow the signs next to the free, spacious parking space.

4  Thank HristinaB
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