The powers that be in Izmir, a thriving metropolis, have authorized excavation of centuries' old ruins of the Agora (translated "marketplace") situated not far from the famous Kameralti Pazar (bazaar). The easy to read explanatory plaques are well-placed and you can meander through the maze of ruins and get a feel for life as it once was. Because it is definitely a work-in-progress, tourists have limited access, as construction of walkways and piles of rubble constrain one's wanderings. Be sure to locate the ever-flowing fountain, note the keystones above each subterranean storeroom, and look for clues to impress you as to how precise and functional were the architects of the ancient city.
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