Pella is an ancient Greek city, the second capital of Macedonia and birthplace of Alexander the Great (The Capital of Macedonia moved from Vergina to Pella in the 5th Century BC). Many people come here to see the exceptional mosaics discovered in the remains of houses and public buildings.
Here, in the ancient city of Pella, is one of Greece’s best on-site archaeology museums, the Archaeological Museum of Pella, which includes a display of pottery, jewelry, and mosaics found at the site.
Vergina (the first capital of Macedonia) is a small town in northern Greece, located in Central Macedonia. Founded by King Perdikas in the 7th Century BC, it was formally known as Egaes. Even though the capital had been moved to Pella it was still used as the royal burial grounds. In 336 BC, Phillip IIwas assassinated by one of his seven bodyguards while attending the wedding of his daughter Cleopatra in the theatre.
The town of Vergina became internationally famous in 1977 when the Greek archaeologist Manolis Andronikos unearthed what he claimed was the burial site of the Kings of Macedonia, including the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great.
The museum is located in Vergina, 75km west of Thessaloniki and 12km away from Veria, the nearest city. The museum has a dark, imposing atmosphere that surprises most visitors.
Some of the most impressive and important exhibits from the Macedonian dominated period of the Greek history are available in the exact location that the original excavations took place. The museum was built in 1993, 16 years after the discovery of the Royal tombs in “Aiges”.
It was built in order to create ideal conditions considering the humidity and temperature needed for the findings to be properly preserved and protected. Inside the museum, there are four separate tombs and the “Heroon”, a small temple built for Phillip II of Macedon.
A road trip to the land of ALEXANDER THE GREAT. Don’t miss this experience!