The Archaeological Site of Vergina
Get ready for a day trip to Vergina: a view of the Royal Afterlife
Welcome to Vergina, the royal capital of Macedonia. Every step you and your children take on these famous grounds might match the same steps that Alexander the Great or his father, Phillip II, took. Such a visit is truly once in a lifetime experience.
Vergina is located a few kilometers outside the city of Veria. The archaeological site of Vergina, or Aeges as it used to be called, consists of three equally interesting exhibits: the palaces, the ancient theater area and the Royal Tombs. The Royal Tombs’ precious findings are exhibited in a museum which was built under an artificial hill; they precede and introduce the tombs.
Some of the most remarkable excavated treasures of the Macedonian civilization can be found in the museum. Excellent examples are the legendary King Phillip II’s incinerated remains and his golden crown. The exhibits that are most memorable, however, are the two great tombs of King Phillip II and Alexander IV, father and son of Alexander the Great (respectively). These glorious monuments are waiting to amaze you!
The museum of Vergina also offers educational programs that allow participants to learn about ancient Macedonia’s history and culture through workshop activities. At the end of the tour route, Manolis Andronikos, the tombs’ excavator, personally guides visitors around the monuments in a specially designed room.
Families should know
- Prior planning of this excursion is vital as the actual site can only be reached by car. A visit to Vergina is also possible initially through regular bus transportation from and to Veria
- The site tour can last from 2 hours to an entire day. It is up to the visitors how much time they are willing to spend to view the exhibits
- A trip to Vergina can be planned at any time during the year; however, the best time to visit is from May to September due to good weather