Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina), Vergina

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See the tombs of Macedonian kings, including Philip II, father of Alexander the Great, at Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built around an ancient burial ground inside a large earth mound, the museum is uniquely constructed to protect the tombs while exhibiting artifacts and showing the burial ground as it was before the excavations. Explore the four tombs and artifacts on display, and don't miss the only surviving examples of ancient Greek painting; one depicts the rape of Persephone and the other a hunting scene. The site is accessible via car and bus, but be sure to check bus timetables prior to your departure. Note that photography is not permitted inside the museum. Use our Vergina trip generator to arrange your visit to Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina) and other attractions in Vergina.
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  • Ancient monuments, amphoras, The most important site of Vergina is the Tombs. There has been formed a museum with artifacts, just beside the graves, covered with soil, as it was for many years the graves. Passing the entrance to the Museum, in a dark environment, the visitor feels that passes into another era.
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  • A gem, I was enchanted by a museum so well organised, the tomb of Philip II is unique, the frieze with paintings I think is unique and then the gold crowns that reproduce the oak leaves with acorns really unique, powerful armor with a beautiful shield, I recommend a visit. A happy return you can't miss a museum so important
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  • The museum is located under a hill. It is something unique and really unbelievable!!! Unfortunately, the signs in the village are not helping and the village is too touristic in a bad sense.  more »
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  • The initial feel as you enter the site is underwhelming and slightly confusing as all you can see is a small grassy hill. This feeling only intensifies the awe of what awaits you as you enter the hill down a dark tunnel. As you reach the bottom of the tunnel you turn into a cavernous dark space and laid out in front if you picked out by soft lighting is 2,500 years of unspoilt history and treasure. I could spend hours exulting the exhibition and I won't ruin it for you, but I felt the past come to life and I walked in the foot steps of Alexander the Great and his father Philip II. A must visit site!
  • The royal tombs of the ancient Macedonians are unique... a must visit site for ancient archaeology....
  • These are a must see if you're in the area. They won't allow you to access the inside of the tombs like they do in Egypt (these seems to be almost universally true, in Egypt you can go inside most ruins, in Greece you must enjoy from the outside) but there are many amazing artifacts on display, and the tombs outside are interesting themselves.
  • Magnificent experience.. Totally worth it..
  • Absolute "must see". This isn't just a very important archaeological site but also well presented. It has a bit of an Indiana Jones feel to it as you go underground, breathtaking if you have read a bit of history. Make sure you park in the designated parking area, not much of a walk but makes everyone's lives easier. Also try to avoid the tourist trap restaurants nearby. The fields around the site are full of fruit trees. Feel free to help yourself to anything hanging over the road, by law available to all. ; )

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