Due to its ancient history, it should not come as a surprise that Greece boasts a rich list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Greece Marks World Heritage Day with Free Access to Archeological Sites; Tasos Kokkinidis; Greek Reporter
Greece marks on Sunday World Heritage Day offering free access to the country’s numerous archaeological sites.
The archaeological site of Aegae, next to the contemporary town of Vergina, is located 65km west of Thessaloniki in Northern Greece’s province of Central Macedonia.
The third most important city of the Byzantine Empire, after Constantinople & Thessaloniki
Veria was the second most significant town, after Aigai, during the blooming ancient Macedonian years. The city is built on the foothills of Mt. Vermion and crossed by the River Tripotamo. From the 11th to the 14th century it was the third most important city of the Byzantine Empire, after Constantinople and Thessaloniki. The impressively large number of Byzantine and post-Byzantine churches gave the city the nickname “Little Jerusalem”. Today, 48 Byzantine and post-Byzantine churches are preserved in the city centre.
Follow our footsteps and discover this magnificent historic, yet modern city.
Aigai – Vergina
Aigai, today’s Vergina, was the first capital of the ancient Macedonian Kingdom. The excavations in 1977, by professor Manolis Andronikos, revealed the 20th century greatest discovery on Greek land. The treasures found were of great archaeological and historic significance and the territory of the ancient Macedonian Kings was proclaimed as a World Heritage Site in 1996 by UNESCO.
At the Royal Tombs Museum, you can admire portable findings and wall paintings in an impressive underground construction.
Murder. Greed. Oppression. Intrigue. The ruins at these UNESCO sites may be silent, but they tell some shocking and absorbing tales.