By Lana Sterling
The Palace of Aigai, once the grand residence where Alexander the Great was crowned king, has reopened to the public after a 16-year renovation. The historic site, which dates back more than 2,300 years and was the heart of the ancient Greek world, has been restored to its former glory at a cost of more than €20 million.
Built during the reign of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great, the palace served as the royal capital of Macedonia. The sprawling 15,000-square-metre complex features opulent courtyards, places of worship and grand banquet halls decorated with intricate mosaics and marble floors.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis attended the inauguration ceremony, underlining the importance of this historic landmark. The restoration project, funded by the Greek government and the European Union, successfully restored 1,400 square metres of mosaics, marble floors and numerous columns, while preserving the overall appearance of the ruins.
The reopening of this ancient palace offers visitors a unique opportunity to step back in time and witness the grandeur of an era that shaped the course of history.