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Vergina, the ancient jewel of Macedonia

Macedonia ● 10 October 2018
 

We discovered for you an amazingly beautiful and important archaeological site in northern Greece, the place where the glory of ancient Macedonia (Greece) began. Vergina is a site you should definitely visit if you are in the area of Macedonia. And then, you can spend great vacation in Chalkidiki or the island of Thasos. 

Vergina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a hidden ancient gem of incalculable value just one hour from Thessaloniki. Bright royal exhibits create feelings of awe and admiration. The site of ancient Aigai, as its primary name is, means the land of many goats. It is located in the foothills of Pierian Mountains. Initially, the place was an urban area, but the King of Macedon, Phillip II, made Aigai a great centre of civilisation, which impresses until today the lovers of history. If you are one of them, don’t miss it! 

Vergina

Excavations prove that Aigai was the most important site of the north. The famous painter Zeuxis painted the palace of Phillip, while Euripides was inspired there his last tragedies. After the assassination of the king, his son, Alexander the Great, was proclaimed king and buried his father in the royal city in a lavish funeral ceremony.  

In 1861, the first excavations unearthed a Macedonian tomb, and some of the finds were taken to the Louvre Museum. However, the largest part of the site remained in obscurity until 1977, when the acclaimed archaeologist and professor Manolis Andronikos brought the royal tombs to light. The artifacts discovered in the royal tombs are of great cultural value in a monument of international historical significance. 

The site of Vergina includes an archaeological park in over 500 hectares, an ancient necropolis that includes more than 500 burial tombs as well as 20 royal tombs. You will see the tomb of King Phillip, an ancient theatre, the sanctuaries of Eukleia and Cybele as well as certain archaeological structures. The museum of the site has also priceless exhibits, such as the golden larnax of Phillip. 

You can explore the whole are by staying at the old Byzantine town of Veria or Naousa with its exquisite landscape if you prefer winter vacation in beautiful towns.

Where to Stay

Hostel in Thessaloniki, Greece Arabas Studios
Arabas Studios
28, Sahtouri Str., 54632 Thessaloniki, Greece

Being located in the historic part of Thessaloniki, so called Old or Upper Town (Ano Poli), Arabas hostel is an ideal place for backpackers, groups or individual travelers looking for budget and quality accommodation in a great location. The center of the bustling city of Thessaloniki can be reached within 15 minutes on foot. The train station is at 1.5 km, while the Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia is at 20 km. Many shops, traditional taverns, bars and the historic monuments located in the center of the town can be reached within short walking distance.

Hotel & Appartment in Chalkidiki, Greece Lagaria Hotel Apartments
Lagaria Hotel Apartments
Afitos, 63077 Chalkidiki, Greece

Lagaria Hotel & Apartments is located in a traditional village of Afitos within a 10-minute walk from the beach. Thessaloniki Airport is a 50-minute drive away and the lively center of Thessaloniki is at 87 km.

Hotel in Kastoria, Greece Keletron Hotel
Keletron Hotel
52, 11th November Str., 52100 Kastoria, Greece

Keletron Hotel is built in a central location in the town of Kastoria, close to many important sights. Vitsi Ski Center is 24 km away. The International Airport of Thessaloniki is 220 km away.


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