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“Treasure tucked away - left unexplored by many tourists”

Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina)
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Vergina
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

We were fortunate to have added this in our itinerary of Greece - Virgina is located in Central Macedonia and is a two-hour ride from Kalampaka (from where the famed rocks of Meteora can be visited)/ a short flight from Athens. This place assumed significance in 1977, when the Greek archaeologist Manolis Andronikos unearthed the burial tombs of Philip II ( father of Alexander the Great), one of his queens and his grandson (Alexander the Great's and Roxanne's child of twelve years).

The Museum and its premises constitute a a world heritage site - basically, the entire tomb premises have now been converted into a Museum with various (note: priceless) artefacts on display, such as the Royal Family's golden larnax/ the golden engraved crows/ the various armory and weaponry/ the other possessions that were believed to accompany the Royal Family buried there - in the afterlife.

The items on display have been painstakingly collected from the two intact tombs - and have been explained in great detail. The facade as also the tombs have been preserved behind glass temperature controlled containments - the colours/ columns/ paintings are remarkably well preserved. What is particularly worth the trip are the famed paintings (as adorning the walls of the tombs) that amongst other pictorial representations, display the scene where Hades abducts Persephone (with Hermes showing Hades' chariot the way to the underworld).

Such artistry (from such an ancient era) that is still intact deserves the word. This must be included on the trip to Greece - and is educational for serious historians and serious vacationers alike :) One wonders why Virgina still for the most part remains a minor/ side attraction: when it actually ought to be accorded serious consideration from a historical perspective : especially since it occupies a very important chapter of the lives and times of Alexander and the royal family.

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Reviewed 23 June 2014

We were told not to miss this, and were so glad we took this advice. We arranged a driver and private tour guide from Thessaloniki. The museum is outstanding and is literally built over the spot where the burial site of Phillip II of Macedonia was found, untouched after centuries. Our guide was wonderful and so added to our understanding of this important site. Standing in front of Phillip's tomb (he was Alexander the Great's father) can only be likened to the thrill of being on the Acropolis, or walking on the stones of the Roman forum, or standing next to Western Wall in Jerusalem.

1  Thank Barbara1949
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

The underground museum is unique. The tombs are there to see in the museum as well as the gold artifacts. Even the remains from the funeral pyre are displayed. Check to see whether the palace is also open. When we were there in June 2014, it was closed for renovation.

Thank Stuart W
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

An unique experience to visit Vergina's tombs! You'll be astonished visiting this site.
And the museum itself is one of a kind!
Don't miss the documentary about the experience of death! You can't see this movie elsewhere (unfortunately).
A must see!
And once being there you'll come again, for sure!

Thank Codin S
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

This was a very interesting attraction. There are a few tombs of King Phillip II and his family. His son was Alexander the Great but apparently he was not buried here. There are small scale models of the tombs, educational videos with English subtitles, and a museum with the artifacts found in the tombs, such as the armor and weapons used by King Phillip. My only complaint is that photography is not allowed, but I guess they have their reasons for that. I managed to take a few photos before I knew it wasn't allowed and was told to stop.

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