Agora of Smyra
Agora, Izmir, Turkey
Agora of Smyra Izmir Reviews
Ancient City of Agora Dec 14, 2010
After a 10 minute taxi ride from our hotel, we arrived at the remains of the Agora. The ruins stand on the Pagos hillside amongst the hussle and bustle of city streets. We paid 3 Turkish Lira entrance fee and stood at the top of the stairs looking over the site. To the left was the main Western Stoa and the right hundreds of remains, all shapes and sizes were displayed like an unsolved jigsaw. Behind was a labarynth of basements known as the Basillica and on the far right the Ottoman Cementary.
Although much of the site was destroyed by earthquakes, the tall pillars of the Western Stoa give you some idea of the previous magnitude of a once highly impressive and commanding three story building. You can walk down the steps inside the the Western Stoa and through underground arches to the Basillica. The Basillica excavations continue and you can see (through iron bars) a long passageway that stretches a further 100 yards across the site.
Looking over the unsorted rubble, recovered stones still show the impressive and intricate designs that was once displayed on the building.
As far as tourist sites in Izmir, cultural tourist attractions are scarce. The Agora was, for me, the only cultural attraction worth visiting. It must be said that there isn't a great deal of information provided about the site, which is also home to several stray dogs and cats, so watch where you're walking! You will probably not want to spend longer than an hour looking around the site. After around 40 minutes or so, two stray cats fighting became the main attraction for the majority of tourists (around 8 that were on the site at the time), which was our que to move on.
You may also wish to walk down from Agora to the Kemeralti Bazaar (market), which is signposted and a brief two minute walk away.
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