Large columns are found in the city of Laodicea

Large columns are found in the city of Laodicea


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The excavations in the Aegean Province of Laodicea, ancient city of Denizli, have discovered some large columns 1,900 years old. Located seven meters underground, the columns belong to the area known as the North Agora, one of the oldest religious centers in Anatolia.

The director of the excavations, Professor Celal Simsek, said the northern agora was found last year and has been permanently restored since then.

According to the professor, the area was one of the largest agoras in Anatolia. And adds that “the galleries where the columns are located are square in shape and occupy an area of ​​35,000 square meters”.

Previously, archaeologists restored the colonnaded galleries and named them the eastern porch. This year the experts found the extension of this gallery seven meters underground. "Their condition was so deteriorated that it seemed as if an earthquake had struck them"Commented the professor Celal Simsek.

He then added that his goal was to finish the excavations by the end of this year and restore the columns at the beginning of next year. According to him, once the galleries of columns are unearthed, they will recover a very beautiful and useful area for guided visits. So, "tourists will have the opportunity to take a closer look at the traces of the past”.

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