Vergina, the Burial Site of the Kings of Macedon in Greece
Greece looked so distant to me then. I always had this misconception that his resting place too would be in Greece. Only when I did the research of Vergina and Alexander on net recently I read his grave to be in Alexandria, Egypt. Nevertheless I didn’t want to give Vergina a miss. I preferred to visit these crumbling heritage sites than the beautiful islands of Greece. And the visit was worth all the effort, money and time. For a long time these graves were undiscovered and lay unknown under a mound known as the Great Tumulus, where local shepherd and goat herds would have spent many ignorant and blissful days!
It was an accidental discovery in 1977. A series of 4 tombs of Macedonian kings
Even today these graves lay under a mound, preserved well in its original looks. The other two places in the heritage list of this site the Palace at Vergina and the Theatre where Philip was assassinated ( Philip II was murdered at the wedding of his daughter Cleopatra to King Alexander of Epirus) is closed to public and tourists. It is likely to remain so for some more years. The tickets cost 8 euros for adults and 4 euros for students.
I found it all dark as I walked into the complex. Probably they wish to protect these relics from harsh light to prevent further damage I concluded. But what an amazing display of wealth from 330BC! It is gold, gold, gold everywhere! So much gold! They did have a fascination for this yellow metal! Everything showcased so well, one of the best archeological sites I have ever seen!
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