Roman Forum (Agora)

It is one of the most important Roman monuments in Thessaloniki. It is located in the center of the city between Egnatia Street and Agiou Dimitriou Street.

The Ancient Agora was the social, economic, administrative, intellectual and religious center of the co-capital.

It was a single undivided space occupying approximately 2 hectares (its construction started at the end of the 2nd century AD) and it housed buildings serving various functions of the city’s public life.

 

The findings of the Ancient Agora were brought into light by the archeological excavation in 1966 during the efforts to put the foundation for the court house of Thessaloniki. Soon afterwards the enormous historic and archeological value of the area was exposed.

The parts of the Ancient Agora that have been uncovered include a rectangular marble-paved square that is 145 meters long and 90 meters wide. It has large colonnades, an Odeon with stands and a scene, a space for various spectacles, a bath and big arcades from which the best preserved is the “Criptoporticus“.

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