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Vergina, about 50 miles west of Thessaloniki, is a small village. As Aigai however it was a leading city of the Macedonian kingdom, the location of royal palaces and royal burials.

The tumulus had been known since the early nineteenth century and there had been various small archaeological excavations. But it was not until 1977 that the Greek archaeologist, Manolis Andronnikos, began excavating here, convinced that the tumulus was the site of the Macedonian royal tombs.. A tumulus measuring about 110m wide by 13m high turned out to cover some tombs. Not just any old tombs, either. One of them was identified as that of Philip II of Macedon, the father of Alexander the Great. Another is thought to belong to Alexander IV, the son of Alexander the Great.

The heart of the museum is the tomb of Philip II and the artefacts found in and around it. The tomb is not open to the public but by descending a wooden staircase you can get down to see the entrance to it in the rock face. The front of the tomb is sealed with a white stone outer door with a column on either side. The most striking aspect of the entrance is the wall painting that runs across the width of the facade. The painting depicts a hunting scene with an older and a younger man on horseback, possibly Philip II with his son Alexander the Great.

First shown on TE? Impossible... Site on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The quality of the photography is what the lighting allowed (no flash).

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