Trips and Tips: Vergina Museum – Visit the tombs of King Philip II, father of Alexander the Great and his grandson’s Alexander IV
There once was a King of a weak kingdom, who through his wits managed to unite all the tribes of his region, dominate, reign and prosper, paving the way to the conquests of his son, Alexander the Great. His name was Philip II the Macedonian.
Philip was said to be a direct descendant of Hercules! He was so smart that created one of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient world. When he ascended the throne in 359BC, the kingdom of Macedonia was weak, poor and fragmented. During the two decades of his reign, until his assassination in 336BC, he had turned Macedonia into a leading State of his times. But I think the greatest achievement of all, was that King Philip II the Macedonian gave birth and vision to King Alexander the Great...
Alexander was taught by one of the greatest philosophers of the ancient world, Aristotle. And spread his culture to the depths of Asia...can you imagine that? 2300 years later there are civilisations that derive their birthmark from Alexander the Great... Can you even grasp the vision of those people? I surely can't...
These are the doors to the tomb of King Philip II
The golden larnax where they found the bones of King Philip with the Vergina Sun and his golden crown… amazing works of art!
Next to him, inside the tomb, there were the remainders of one of his wives, probably Meda or Cleopatra.
Next to his tomb, there was a similar tomb that is believed to belong to his grandson, Alexander the IV, son of Alexander the Great and Roxane. He was believed to die at the age of 13…he never met his father…
All of these findings are attributed to this archaeologist, Manolis Andronikos, thanks to whom, we see our heritage with our own eyes.
Go to Vergina in the North of Greece and have a look at this museum... it is highly worth it..