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Driving in a westerly direction from Thessaloniki, at approximately 40kms from the city, we meet Pella. Pella was founded at around 400 BC and became the new capital of the Macedonian state. It was here where Philipp II, the father of Alexander the Great designed and developed this important city by commissioning great buildings and inviting significant artists. It was from here that Alexander the Great started his campaign that brought him triumphant all the way to India.

 

Today a huge excavation of the Palace, the Agora and part of the city awaits the visitor. The unique relics found during the excavation are hosted in a nearby modern museum.

 

A few more kilometers to the south we come to Vergina, another important stop to our trip in the Macedonian past. Here the archeologists, especially the excavation of Manolis Andronikos, brought to light some of the most important findings of the era. He managed to discover and unearthed tombs that were not looted by grave robbers. In them he found memorial artifacts of unprecedented beauty and significance. After much research, the archeologists managed to identify the remains of a body to Philipp II, the father of Alexander the Great. Apart of the obvious importance of this discovery, the artifacts found were also astonishing. Among them there was a gold urn bearing the Vergina star, a golden wreath of unparallel craftsmanship, the body armor and the weapons of the king and others.

 

Today the relics and the tombs are displayed in a unique environment, as an outstanding museum was built around the tombs embracing them in a protective cell.

 

Visiting both these places is possible during a single day excursion from Thessaloniki. We can arrange your transportation along with a guided tour by multilingual professional guides.

 

Pella & Vergina

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