Archaeological Site of Aigai (modern name Vergina)



CountryGreece
UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationPrefecture of Imathia, Region of Central Macedonia
CoordinatesN40 28 17.004 E22 19 5.988
Inscription Date1996
Property (ha)1,421
Buffer Zone (ha)4,812
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo represent a masterpiece of human creative genius
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
Unesco Reference Number780
URLhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/780
DescriptionThe city of Aigai, the ancient first capital of the Kingdom of Macedonia, was discovered in the 19th century near Vergina, in northern Greece. The most important remains are the monumental palace, lavishly decorated with mosaics and painted stuccoes, and the burial ground with more than 300 tumuli, some of which date from the 11th century B.C. One of the royal tombs in the Great Tumulus is identified as that of Philip II, who conquered all the Greek cities, paving the way for his son Alexander and the expansion of the Hellenistic world.
StatusWorld Heritage Site