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“A magnificent museum and archaeological site”
Review of Aigai

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Vergina Half Day Private Tour from Thessaloniki
Reviewed 25 February 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 8 July 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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Reviewed 8 October 2011

Location & Discovery. Vergina is a village in Imathia 12 KM from Veroia and 75 KM west of Greece's largest city: Thessaloniki. Within the ruins of the ancient city of Aigai the tombs are found. Aigai was a recent discovery in archaeological history: 1977-1978 by Greek archaeologist Manolis Andronikos whose contributions are discussed in the museum's concluding exhibits. The site had escaped identification because it was covered by a tumulus ((13 M X 110 M) probably built during the early 3rd century to protect it from the pillaging Galati. The royal intent of secretly secluding the graves and their contents was successful into millenniums.
The ancient city of Aigai was the capital of the Macedonian kings. The city parameters incorporated a cemetery that included tombs of the royal dynasty, notably, King Philip II (the father of Alexander the Great) and a youthful prince, Alexander IV.
The Macedonian Royal Tombs are the archives for Philip II of Macedonia and his contemporary culture. His achievements unfold throughout the visit.
WHO WAS PHILIP II OF MACEDONIA?
Approximately 350 BC, Philip II unified Macedonia. His background emerged from a Greek upbringing. He organized an army and conquered less civilized adjacent peoples, then proceeded to overcome the dis-unified Greek city-states. He died before he was able to implement plans to conquer Persia to the east. In 334 BC, his youthful Greek educated son and successor, Alexander, crossed the Hellespont into Asia. Through successful battles, he became master of Asia as far as the Persian Empire had dominated lands. Thusly, the largest world empire to date was created. The foundations for the major world conquest were rooted in a Greek antiquity past.
LOGISTICS FOR A VISIT.
LOCATION: Locate the small town: Vergina. There sign postings for the museum.
PARKING: Spaces immediately in front of the site are minimal. The town is rural. There did not appear to be parking restrictions. Park & walk is easy.
TICKETS: The booth is within the subterranean area of the fenced grounds. The entrance to the tombs is easily identifiable once the grounds are entered. There is an entrance gate.
TIMING: We arrived early and completed our tour in approximately one hour. Large groups of school children were arriving as we exited from the tombs to tour the grounds. The presence of active, noisy children returned the focus to the present. Suggestion: visit early.
THE SETTING: The grounds are sublime. Grassy mounds interspersed with occasional trees are easily navigated on dirt paths. One premise extremity displays marble ruins, former architectural elements. Another, the guard dogs who presumably patrol nocturnally. Beware, as their barks are ferocious, however, they can cause no harm as they are contained in their houses.
THE SUBTERRANEAN INTERIOR GALLERIES: The tombs and galleries are located in the ancient revered subterranean area. The tombs---en situ---are lighted to enhance the visitor's view.

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Reviewed 14 January 2016
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Reviewed 10 December 2015
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