Agora Open Air Museum
Agora Open Air Museum
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Meowy
Montgomery, AL524 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
While in Izmir I walked to the Agora museum. Very easy to find and a fairly nice walk. The Agora is a pretty interesting site, especially the water and little canals that run under it. Only about half of the site is open as it looks as if they are still excavating a larger area of the ruins. Would be interesting to come back one day once it is fully open to the public.
Written 30 September 2022
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eng333
New Jersey1,737 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
A pretty unique place to visit and cool to see the underground arches. Overall, there isn't much to see though. There is street parking but it was full of cars. I had to park across the street in a parking lot for 13TL. The ticket is 18TL. So overall cost is pretty expensive.
Written 20 May 2021
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JMA07
Middlebury, VT182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This site was far more impressive than we had expected. Located in the center of the city, it is easy to reach on foot. The layout of the old agora is clearly visible, along with inner chambers for goods storage and shops, extensive rows of columns, and many other features. There are some helpful labels explaining what you are seeing, though there could be more. The directional arrows can be a bit confusing, but I'm sure everyone makes it out! We spent far more time there than we had expected to because there was a lot to see. Well worth it.
Written 2 November 2023
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,666 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
Agora is the main market place of ancient Greeks and Romans.
This one in Izmir is set in the very center, easy to reach by taxi or even on foot. It's a nice historic place to visit and spend an hour when exploring the city.
Don't expect something extraordinary, specially if you've been to terrific Efes which is just an hour away.
Written 20 October 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
A beautiful site in Izmir, located at the city center, right outside the bazaar. The site had no other tourists which made it just the more special. Not only can you visit the agora but there is also a large extensive area covered in columns and other remains, and old ottoman cemetery.
Written 10 February 2020
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travellingfusilier
Worsley, UK22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Couples
stopped here for a day while on a cruise and didn`t want to follow the hordes to ephesus , but found instead an unknown gem , paid my 5 lira admission into the agora but found an amazing basilica still being excavated , running water flowing into a gutter system built over 1900 years ago
metre thick walls , perfect arches , biggest shame was we were the only 2 there , i know this site as
a lot to compete with but well worth a visit , you can really soak in the atmosphere you never could in a site like ephesus , side or pergammon , also there are mausoleums showing the populations that have formed this cities history
Written 29 April 2013
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Georgios G
Athens, Greece915 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Friends
Agora Open Air Museum is situated next to Kemeralti Market, at the heart of the city. There you can see the remains of the old city from Ancient Greek and Roman times. It's really very interesting, but there are no signs for what you see and it would be better to study before visit.
Written 2 June 2014
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Leeanne G
Brisbane, Australia1,759 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Family
I have been here in the past and been greeted by a very grumpy male but I returned today with some visitors and was welcomed by a female at the ticket office that was very welcoming and helpfully. My visitors enjoyed the ruined very much and I spent sometime walking around under the basilica. There are some good boards that have both Turkish and English information on them.
Written 7 October 2014
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Marco_Polo499
Milan, Italy273 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
Some reviewers reported that this site is lacking any interest, it contains only loose stones and nothing else, it’s full of stray and dangerous dogs and cats, and it is not sufficiently maintained. My experience blatantly contradicts those reviews, and I got the impression that they might concern some other site located in some other world.

In fact the Agora of Izmir contains interesting remains, and its overall quality is in line with the high standards of any other archaeological site in Turkey. Although smaller than the much more known Hierapolis, Sagalassos, Aphrodisias or Ephesus, this site contains interesting monuments of the Greek and Roman ages, it is perfectly clean and well maintained, and it looks totally free of stray and dangerous animals (I didn’t see any during my 2 hours visit).

The city of Izmir is 3 thousand years old, although the first human settlements are much older. In times it has changed location: at first it was in Bairakli, some kilometres north of where it is now, and in 350 B.C. it was re-founded in the present location on the initiative of Alexander the Great. The Agora was the public space used by the ancient Greeks for business and social activities; it was in the centre of the city, and it was normally surrounded by the most important buildings and by colonnades. In this Agora, part of the colonnades still exist (there is a row of 15 complete columns plus other 20 columns partly broken) and there are remains of the buildings flanking the western and the northern side of the square. The remains of these buildings are particularly impressive, consisting of several long gallerias with elegant arched ceilings; their construction is extraordinarily massive, and suggests that the buildings of which they supported the weight were very big; one of these buildings is known to be the Christian Basilica. In these gallerias you can still see some remains of the Roman plumbing (the ducts were made of terracotta), as well as the entrances to the sewers of the city; amazingly, the sewers were so high and large as to be accessible and walkable by the maintenance staff. A Roman fountain is still in operation in one of these gallerias.

In the middle of the Agora there are hundreds (if not thousands) of stone and marble items which were recovered during the excavations and are now waiting to be used in the restoration: there are capitals, friezes, columns, mouldings and simple building blocks. In the south-east corner of the Agora there is a small Ottoman cemetery, perfectly preserved. On the west side there is a nice Ottoman building, but it is not accessible. The parts waiting to be excavated are closed to the public.

Dozens of panels in Turkish and English language explain the history of the site and illustrate the various monuments. The entrance is in a dominant position from where you can see the whole archaeological site: there are some benches there, in the cool shade of a rare (and anciently sacred) turpentine tree; many visitors sit there for a while to admire the ruins.

The Agora is right in the centre of Izmir, on the Eşrefpaşa Cd., just in front of the Kemeralti bazaar. The entrance is on the right side, facing the Kadifecale hill, about 100 metres off the Eşrefpaşa Cd.. The site is open every day from 8:00 to 18:30 in summer and from 8:00 to 16:30 in winter. Admission is 12 Liras (April 2019, equivalent to about 2 €). The visit takes from half an hour upwards. Beyond the entrance there are the restrooms.
Written 31 May 2019
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starlightShanghai
Victoria, Canada4,602 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
According to some reviewers, ‘... what you see on the outside is what you see on the inside’, so basically don’t waste your time or money.

It’s certainly true that what you see from the outside is indeed what you see on the inside. However what you see on the inside is NOT what you see from the outside!

How can anyone possibly see the underground arches from the outside??? 🙄🙄🙄🙄

It’s true that there are no specific directions as to how to get to the arches, but a little time, effort and patience will eventually pay off.

The stairwell to the arches is way at the end of the field opposite the stairs coming down from the entrance, and is on the left side.

There are no specific paths across the field, so keep an eye on the grass. The sprinklers can make some areas quite soggy.

There are a few information boards in English, but would be better if there were a few more. Depending on what your information wants are, you could take a pricey organised tour; hire a guide; or just get a souvenir booklet. (I chose the booklet.)

Entrance fee: 12 Turkish lira
Open daily: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Check for holiday times.)
Written 13 May 2019
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