VERGINA

Vergina is a small town in Macedonia, in the municipality of Imathia, Central Macedonia. It is located 13 km southeast of Veria, the capital of the regional unit, and approximately 80 km southwest of Thessaloniki. Vergina with 2.000 inhabitants, is located at the foothills of Pieria Ori, at an altitude of 120 meters.

The town is believed to be located on the site of ancient Aigai, the capital city of ancient Macedonia, and became known worldwide in 1977, when the excavation by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, under the supervision of the archaeology professor Manolis Andronikos and his partners, unearthed the burial sites of Macedonian Kings. According to Andronikos, one of the tombs that were discovered, was the tomb of Philip II, the father of Alexander the Great. The discovery of these findings was the confirmation of the location of Ancient Aigais; the first capital of the Macedonian Kingdom.