Pella and Vergina

Pella And Vergina   

Pella is an ancient Macedonian 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, jewellery 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 Aigaes. Even though the capital had been moved to Pella it was still used as the royal burial grounds. In 336 BC, Phillip II was 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.

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