Vergina

Vergina is a small village in the Prefecture of Imathia, situated 12 klm north-east of Veria. Vergina is well-known for the major archaeological discoveries that took place in the area, ranging it amongst the most significant archaeological sites of Macedonia.

An important Hellenistic palace dating back from the 3rd century BC was discovered on a hill overlooking the village. Further excavations brought to light a tumulus in the north-east zone of the village. More recent excavations revealed that the tumuli date back from the Early Iron Age (10th – 7th century BC). During the Hellenistic period, many of these graves were used anew to host the remains of other people.

After years of long archaeological research, a major discovery took place in October 1977. According to Manolis Andronikos, head of the excavations, among the archaeological findings was the tomb of Phillip II, father of Alexander the Great. Inside the tomb several findings were discovered, including, among others, a golden larnax (chest) weighing 11 kg, the remains of the Macedonian King Phillip II, as well as his golden quiver and other impressive frescoes.

Since 2000, the above mentioned findings are exhibited at the mystical location of the archaeological site’s museum, which is situated inside a hillock. In 1996, UNESCO included the archaeological site of Aigai in its World Heritage List.
Vergina - The Royal Tomb of Phillip II
The Royal Tomb of Phillip II

Vergina - The Macedonian Tomb of the Free Columns
The Macedonian Tomb of the "Free Columns"

Vergina - The Golden Larnax and the Golden Grave Crown of Phillip
The Golden Larnax and the Golden Grave Crown of Phillip