It is estimated that the Palace, in which Alexander the Great was born in the then coastal area of Pella, will be open to visitors next summer.
In this very building, part of which had been excavated in 1957, when no one knew it was a palace, the king of the Macedonians was raised. He was playing sports along with the descendants of the aristocracy in the arena, which is not far away from the building, where they were training their bodies in a huge swimming pool.
“The palace was the place where the public was meeting. The Throne room was the chambers where the banquets were taking place, if I am allowed to use, mutatis mutandis, this expression,” the head of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Pella, Elisavet Tsigarida, explains to ANA-MPA. She points out that the works in the area are currently in full swing and that they are enjoying funding from the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF). She adds that, if everything goes smoothly, the archaeological site will open to visitors in the summer of 2021.
Moreover, visitors will be able to see in front of them the floor plan of the palace, while the main goal of the Ephorate of Antiquities is to provide a digital tour of the site at the reception centre which is expected to be built in 2023. Visitors will be also able to see a digital representation not only of the palace, the birthplace of the Macedonian king, but also of the ensemble of buildings that consisted of seven huge buildings, with inner courtyards, corridors, staircases and stoae (covered walkways) that were connected to each other.