Ancient Aegae or Aigai (modern Vergina), in the north of our mystery country, was the 1st capital of the kingdom of Macedon, which produced Philip II and his son Alexander the Great. Even after the capital was moved to Pella, Aegae remained an important religious and ceremonial center and a sophisticated, cultured city, which attracted great thinkers and artists.

The 4th-century BCE royal palace at Aegae rivals the Parthenon in terms of architectural innovation and influence. In 1977, the discovery of the royal necropolis, including the tomb and remains of Philip II, was one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century. Excavation and restoration is ongoing on the large site. Funeral objects and several tombs are on display in the excellent Museum of the Royal Tombs, which is cut right into the tumulus (burial mound). The fresco of the abduction of Persephone pictured above is from one of the royal tombs.

Can you name that country?
See below for answers.

This mystery country is Greece.
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