Important ancient Macedonian tomb in Thessaloniki open to public
A two chambered Macedonian tomb from 4th-3rd century BC bearing the name “Makridis Bey” — after the Ottoman architect who discovered it — has been opened to the public.
|The 15-metre dromos leading to the bicameral Macedonian tomb 'Makridis Bey' with its impressive Ionic facade |
[Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture]
In 2011, one hundred years after the publication of the findings from Makridis Bey, the restoration project began, with a budget of 1.2 million euros. Now it is an official Thessaloniki monument.
Dated at the end of the late 4th and early 3rd century BC, the tomb entrance is a 15-meter corridor that leads to a monumental facade of Ionian style and ends in a marble sarcophagus in the burial chamber.
The monument is of exceptional architecture and its dimensions are 10m X 8m. According to archaeologists, it was built by wealthy veteran soldiers of Alexander the Great after their return from the campaign in the East.
Author: Philip Chrysopoulos | Source: Greek Reporter [December 16, 2016]