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Southern Agora in Aphrodisias

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South Agora in Aphrodisias
Southern Agora in Aphrodisias

The South Agora of Aphrodisias, located in southwestern Turkey, was one of two public squares within the ancient city. Agora was founded in the 1st century CE and until now it was seen as a place of trade and market. However, the latest archaeological research has proved that this space served as a park, with a monumental fountain, swimming pool, promenade.

The place was intended for rest and relaxation. Residents could use, among others the pool is 175 meters long and 25 meters wide. Around him were numerous marble benches, where on some of them one could play “board games” and palm trees, which served not only as a decorative role, but also allowed to hide from the urgent sun. Palm trees were pulled to a place from south-west Asia Minor.

This public park, 3.7 acres, was extremely expensive to build and maintain. Certainly a group of gardeners and cleaners worked on the care of this place.

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