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Izmir, Izmir Province, Turkey
 

The Agora of Smyrna

 
 
The Agora of Smyrna Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 16, 2018
1. The Agora of Smyrna Marker
Inscription.
English Text:

In the courtyard of the Agora there were shipped monuments erected in honor of important persons, days and agreements. There were also statues, altars belonging to multiple gods at which offerings were made in religious ceremonies, seating places of marble (exedrae) and also the temple and permanent altar of a god honored by the city.

Through the Gate of Faustina (8) the Agora was connected to the Harbor Quarter (today's Kemeralti quarter) by a street (9). Via the Agora North Avenue (10) which passed in front of the Basilica, the Agora was again linked to the Harbor Quarter and, towards the east, with the Gymnasium Quarter.

The Agora of Smyrna was used as a cemetary in the Late Byzantine and Ottoman periods. The headstones seen in the southern part of the courtyard area have survived from Ottoman times to our present day.

Today a part measuring approximately 129 x 83 meters of the agora's central courtyard area is still visible. Of the structures surrounding this area, a major section (83 meters) of the West Portico (1), a small section (20 meters) of the East Portico (2) and the whole (161 meters) of the Basilica (3) on the north have been revealed. It is expected that the South Portico (4) is under the area south of the agora, presently used as a park. Through the
The Agora of Smyrna Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 16, 2018
2. The Agora of Smyrna Marker
View of the featured marker (5th from left) situated in a cluster of markers, with a view of the entrance to the archaeological park on the high ground above the markers.
digging of recent years a monumental structure, adjoining the West Portico and named the City Council Building (5) and the Salon with Mosaics (6), has been partially uncovered. The inscription on an architrave block that has been found indicates the existence of a Temple of the Nemeseis (7) that was probably within the agora or adjacent to it.
 
Erected by Izmir Chamber of Commerce.
 
Location. 38° 25.108′ N, 27° 8.311′ E. Marker is in Izmir, Izmir Province. Marker can be reached from Tarik Sari Sokağı just east of Eşrefpaşa Cd., on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. This marker is situated in the Smyrna archaeological park, which is in a business/residential neighborhood. This particular marker is just inside the park, from the main entrance, and at the base of the entrance stairway, on the left, and is part of a cluster of markers. Marker is in this post office area: Izmir, Izmir Province 35240, Turkey.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Agora of Smyrna (here, next to this marker); The Ancient City of Smyrna (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named The Ancient City of Smyrna (a few steps from this marker); The West Portico
The Agora of Smyrna image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 16, 2018
3. The Agora of Smyrna
Panoramic view of the agora area, as seen from the main entrance, of the archaeological park.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Neocorus of the Cult of the Emperor at Smyrna (within shouting distance of this marker); Honorary Inscription (within shouting distance of this marker); Water Channels (within shouting distance of this marker); The Basement of the West Portico (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Izmir.
 
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The Agora of Smyrna Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 16, 2018
4. The Agora of Smyrna Marker
View of the southern part of the courtyard area, of the agora, that is discussed in the text on the marker.
The Agora of Smyrna Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 16, 2018
5. The Agora of Smyrna Marker
A closer view of "the headstones seen in the southern part of the courtyard area" of the agora, as discussed on the text of this marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 3, 2018, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 3, 2018, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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