Fodor's Expert Review The Agora

Izmir Archaeological Site/Ruins

Near the foot of Kadifekale Hill, just off 920 Sokak (920 Street), this was the Roman city's administrative and commercial center. The present site is a large, grassy open space surrounded by ancient columns and brick foundations, with decent signage in English. If the agora looks decidedly unimpressive from the site entrance, that's because the best-preserved bit is underground: the basilica basement, separated into four galleries covered by dozens of stone arches. Alas, much of the rest of the site has been closed off for excavations, though there are still some other ruins to satisfy classical history buffs, and an interesting collection of Ottoman gravestones and Roman capitals near the entrance. (You can also walk down the hill to the agora from Kadifekale, though it's not a very picturesque stroll.) If you want gob-smacking ancient grandeur, head for Ephesus, but if you're in İzmir, the agora makes for an interesting excursion. Ask for a brochure at the entrance.

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920 Sok.
Izmir, Izmir  35000, Turkey

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