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The Palatitsia tombs

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The tombs of the Bella Tumulus

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Warrior with spear
Wall painting of a warrior armed with a spear, from Tomb B of the Bella Tumulus, early 3rd century BC, Palatitsia.

Couch from Tomb B of the Bella Tumulus
The sarcophagus-couch with relief and painted decoration from Tomb B of the Bella Tumulus, early 3rd century BC, Palatitsia.

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Warrior with spear
From Tomb B of the Bella Tumulus


Couch from Tomb B of the Bella Tumulus

Three plundered 'Macedonian tombs' under a low tumulus were discovered on the property of the Bella brothers. These three monuments, dated to the 3rd century BC, constitute an important group in the series of monumental 'Macedonian tombs'.

The biggest, the double-chambered Tomb I, has a paved 'dromos' (passageway) and a facade with architectural decoration. A peculiarity is the flat (rather than vaulted) roof of the antechamber, while the stone couch-sarcophagus in the burial chamber is a valuable find.

Skilful craftsmanship distinguishes the single-chambered Tomb II; it has a simple facade, adorned by a painting depicting three figures, and a marble throne inside. The small and simple Tomb III has only a small pediment on its facade, but contains an immense sarcophagus in the interior.

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