Ivan Garelov left days ago for neighboring Greece to attend the unveiling of a monument to Alexander the Great, but in the meantime he also saw the whereabouts of Alexander the Great’s tomb.
The invitation to attend the monument ceremony in the city of Amphipolis comes from the significant number of Bulgarians who bought housing in the resort village of Ofrinio near the city. There the famous Bulgarian journalist meets the two discoverers of the tomb on the hill Caste near the city of Amphipolis, which became known worldwide as the tomb of Alexander the Great from the fourth century BC. These are locals Lakis Saldzidis and Amfipoli Mayor Alexandros Kohlyaridis.
Initially, the excavations were unsuccessful and the team leader ordered them to put the tools away and leave. Lakis asks them to stay a little longer and dig where he points them. They didn’t listen to him. He whispered to the excavator to slow down a bit. They dug and immediately came to the tomb, which
in one of
in the history of ancient Greece. In comparison, it is 10 times larger than the tomb of Philip of Macedon, nearly 500 meters high is the wall that surrounds it. And in significance it can only be compared with the Acropolis in Athens.
“We met again the next day after the monument was unveiled and they introduced me in more detail to the story and the reason why it is not yet officially open to visitors, although it was opened in 2014. And most of all why it is so strict closed for any visit. Why such a strict secret? “, Garelov told 24 Hours.
Here is the story so far – known and unknown. According to the journalist, at the beginning of the twentieth century, a marble lion was discovered, which is now exposed 5 km from the excavations. It was he who attracted the interest of archaeologists to the caste hill. As early as 2012, they discovered a unique find dating from 325 to 300 BC – during the time of Alexander the Great and his heirs. The discovery was officially announced in 2014, but even today archaeologists and scientists are not adamant that it is the tomb of Alexander the Great. One of the many versions is that his very close warlord, associate, and probably beloved Hephaestion, is buried there.
“They explain to me that it is absolutely forbidden to allow visitors. They believe that if the sensation that this was Alexander’s tomb were to come and then be refuted, any interest in the find would disappear. And it is significant enough, because it is certain that it belongs to the royal family and brings new elements to the history of Ancient Greece, “Garelov explains.
The museum, open to visitors, displays some of the finds or photographs of them, which reveal to a certain extent what is in the tomb. Found 3 underground rooms, at the entrance of which are two winged sphinxes. There are two caryatids at the entrance to the second room. The floor is covered with colorful mosaics depicting Hades, the ancient Greek god of the underworld, tells the presenter.
In the third room is found a richly inlaid tomb, where the body of a great man is laid. “Here, too, Amfipoli’s mayor is inserting something very different from what he has said so far.
There were in the grave
skeletons in two
couples and one child
So far, it is claimed that the skeleton found is of a person of medium height, pale skin and brown or brown hair. This is in line with the descriptions of the great commander’s vision. He is known to be a blue-eyed blond. DNA analysis will show whether the age of the funerals is consistent with the well-known history of Alexander the Great dying at 32 years old. The theories about the person of the funerals are different, but it is a member of the family of the commander, “Garelov explains.
Continued exploration of the Caste Hill by geophysicists – whether there are still underground spaces. Perhaps a piece of antiquity will arrange the puzzle of the puzzle whose tomb is under the hill.
“I respect the reasons not to rush into the name of the tomb and the ban on visiting outsiders. But when it is canceled, says construction contractor Nikos Kurtidis, the area will be flooded with tourists from all over the world. I have the assurances of those dedicated to the cause of my life that I will be one of the first to gain access when the time comes, “says Garelov.