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25 remarkable things you did not know about Macedonia

It was 25 years ago today that Macedonia celebrated independence from the failed state of Yugoslavia. To mark the occasion, here are 25 things you did not know about the Balkan country.

1. That’s the ‘Republic of Macedonia’ to you

The country has had some controversy around its name, with Greece also laying claim to the title of Macedonia for one of its northern regions, much of which fell within the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon. The dispute is still a hot potato, which is why Macedonia is officially known as the Republic of Macedonia and was entered into the EU and Nato as the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – or FYROM for short.

2. It’s high

There are more than 50 lakes and 34 mountains higher than 2,000 metres. It has the fifth highest average elevation of any country in Europe (741m), behind Andorra (highest), Switzerland, Austria and Turkey.

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Ancient Worlds - BBC Two 

Episode 4 “Return of the King”

The Royal Tombs of Aigai, the ancient first capital of the Kingdom of Macedonia, near Vergina.

Tomb II, “Tomb of Philip“ the tomb thought to have belonged to King Philip II of Macedonia contained a wealth of exquisite valuables and weapons including a gold wreath and a gold gorytos (quiver-and-bow-case) The relief decoration is a narrative of warriors fighting, as a female figure runs away in fright. The specific battle is the capture of a city.

Fourteen ivory portrait heads were also found in the main chamber; one of them was identified as Philip II.

PART II

Vergina, Macedonia, Greece