Vergina, the Burial Site of the Kings of Macedon in Greece

One of the main reasons why we extended our trip to Thessaloniki, which in the north of Greece, in the peak of winters is to visit Vergina. Why Vergina? I wanted to walk into Philip’s world! Philip II – father of Alexander the Great who had marched into India in 326 BC. I am not sure if I will be able to visit Alexander the Great’s resting place in Alexandria in Egypt, why give up the chance to visit his father’s? Alexander’s son, who died young in his teens; his grave too is in this complex.During my school days when I read about Alexander the Great galloping all the way from Greece to India conquering all on his way I developed a deep admiration for him. When I read he lost to King Porus of Punjab in India I was relieved. Even though I kind of hero worshiped him, his might and his dreams then, I often wondered how different the history of India would have been if he had lived long and conquered the whole of India! Philip II his father is reported to have come up with the maxim ‘divide and conquer’. Had Alexander applied this theory to India then I don’t know how many parts this country would have had!

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!

Mound of Great Timulus:The tombs and treasure inside is unimaginable.

 

Tomb of Philip II

 

The frescoes on the tomb

 

This is picture of the photograph of the utensils inside the tomb just the way they were discovered.

 

 The silevr utensils for funeral feast, cleaned, neatly labeled and displayed.

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Golden wreath representing leaves and flowers of myrtle.

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32 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    More awesome, fascinating captures from Greece!!! Thank you so much for sharing your Greek trip! I have enjoyed your posts/photos SO much, Indrani!! Hope you have a great new week!!

  2. eileeninmd says:

    Hello Indrani, what an interesting place to visit. So many relics and treasures..Just the tomb is amazing.. Thanks for sharing your tour! Have a happy day and week ahead!

  3. Cloudia says:

    Wonderful post. Especially fascinating to see Alexander from your Eastern perspective!

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^=

  4. How wonderful to fulfill a dream. Very interesting story.

  5. Joyful says:

    Fantastic experience. I have always wanted to visit this place. Perhaps some day I will have a chance 🙂 Thanks for sharing. x

  6. Kusum Sanu says:

    Must have been a great experience to visit that childhood dream!

  7. Amy Franks says:

    my cousin and her family live in thessaloniki in greece – it's on my list of places to visit.

  8. Wonderful pics and great info. I'm always fascinated by Alexander, not for his thirst of conquest but for his deep understanding of philosophy. When he was about to die, he told his ministers that his hands should be left hanging outside the coffin for people to see that in spite of all his conquests, he left the world with empty hands.

  9. It is very interesting to know about Alexander. The pics of utensils of silver and Gold are very attractive. what a royal life and Royal death. knowledgeable post

  10. DIMI says:

    Hello Indrani!!
    What an interesting place!I have never visit it!Wonderful pictures of the tube and the treasures of the roual family of Alexander the grate!Thank you for sharing!
    Have a happy March!
    Dimi…

  11. Wow. Must have been quite an experience. Planning a visit to Europe this summer. Maybe we'll go here. Thanks for sharing this. It's fascinating.

  12. Mridula says:

    Indrani I too studied history but it is all a haze now! Kudos to you for searching for the tomb and remembering your history!

  13. ladyfi says:

    Wonderful shots. I especially like the floating wreath of golden leaves.

  14. Thanks for sharing such a nice Article with beautiful Photos… I remember taking my History lessons once again!

  15. Usha Sri V says:

    Wow. Awesome picture. Love them.
    Thanks for the share. 🙂
    Cheers n tc.
    Usha

  16. Jeevan says:

    Wow! You sound awesome about the visit to the site… and its history and treasure-trove. It’s amazing how they maintain the graves still under the earth/mound. Well lighted overall

  17. colleen says:

    A good glimpse into some history. Tombs are fascinating. I was able to visit Newgrange while in Ireland.

  18. Fly Girl says:

    Wow. What fascinating history. I love ruins and historical sites as well. They tell you so much about history and culture.

  19. wow great shots 😀

  20. Enjoyed the article as well as the photos 🙂 You've really treating us with a virtual tour of Greece.

  21. Gail Dixon says:

    What a great place to visit, so rich in history! The utensils lying on the tomb floor is amazing.

  22. Al says:

    Very nice – you got some excellent shots in the dark conditions.

  23. Carver says:

    Very interesting post and shots.

  24. A great share indeed…loved the pics

  25. Gattina says:

    You took very beautiful pictures !

  26. Very nice pictures.

  27. Sweet says:

    Love the golden wreath must ve been an awesome experience

  28. the landscape is so gorgeous 🙂

  29. Loco mente says:

    Amazing pictures…
    Thanks for sharing!

  30. Amazing

    Much love…

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