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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