IZMIR GREEK AGORA – ROMAN FORUM OF SMYRNA
Izmir Agora, also known as Forum Izmir, was a multi-purpose area in ancient times. It served as both a political meeting place and a shopping area. It was known as a state agora for political undertakings. Its impressive columns, porticos (which are colonnaded walkways intended for shoppers or listeners), stores with rounded arches, and statues of Demeter and Poseidon create a strong impression, evoking the Roman era.
In antiquity, towns usually had at least one agora; larger cities and big towns usually had two – an upper agora for politics and a lower agora for trading and commercial activities. The state buildings were situated around the upper agora and the stores were inside the lower one. The agora in Smyrna was built in the 4th century BC on the hill of Mount Pagos and was enlarged during Roman times with various renovations. This agora is thought to have been the state agora, but the existing remains are from the Roman agora, constructed in 178 AD by Marcus Aelius following an earthquake.
The Agora of Smyrna is a rectangular courtyard with a large stoa-colonnaded walkway for listeners or shoppers, surrounded by stores. It was expanded and altered once again during the Byzantine period, transforming into a large basilica. Vaulted shops indicate that the Agora transitioned from a state-run space to a commercial one by the end of the Roman period around 395 AD, when the Roman Empire split into east and west. Today, it is an important stop for visitors.
VISITING IZMIR AGORA & SMYRNA ROMAN FORUM
Experience the history of Izmir Greek Agora – Roman Forum of Smyrna, one of the most important archaeological sites of Western Turkey. Located in the heart of modern day Izmir, this ancient site offers a unique glimpse into the past. With its well-preserved ruins, the Agora is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in the history of the region. Tour Maker Turkey offers a range of tours to this incredible archaeological site, allowing you to explore the ruins, learn about the history, and gain a deeper understanding of the ancient culture.
Our tour guides have extensive knowledge of the site and its history, and are passionate about sharing the stories of the people who lived here. You’ll learn about the various cultures that occupied this area, such as the Greeks, Romans, and Persians, and how they interacted with each other. Our tours also include visits to the local markets and some of the city’s most iconic monuments. Our expert guides will help you to gain a unique insight into the city’s past and its transformation over the centuries. The ruins of the Agora are awe-inspiring and offer a great way to explore the history of the region.
Take the opportunity to explore the past and uncover the secrets of Izmir Greek Agora – Roman Forum of Smyrna with one of our tours. With our expert guides, you’ll be able to gain a deeper understanding of the history and culture of this incredible site. Experience the past and make memories that will last a lifetime with Tour Maker Turkey!