2,000 year old wall paintings to open for public in Izmir

The paintings, which tell about the life and culture during the 2nd and 4th centuries BC, is the richest collection using the Greek alphabet.

2,000 year old wall paintings to open for public in Izmir

World Bulletin/News Desk

The wall paintings which were found in the Turkish province of Izmir's oldest excavation site Agora will be open to visitors. 

The paintings, which tell about the life and culture during the 2nd and 4th centuries BC, is the richest collection using the Greek alphabet.

In the ancient settlement of New Smyrna, excavations in Agora go back to 1932 and since 2007 under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Akin Ersoy of Dokuz Eylul University.

Ersoy said that they found the city council, mosaics and Roman baths in the last six years and a large number of sculptures, ceramics and coins.

Ersoy also said they found rare wall paintings in ancient cities, and about 500 writings and paintings on the walls in the underground of the basilica.

He said that a team of experts from Switzerland helped them and used high technology to not harm the structure and find the writings under the plaster.

"We completed the restoration of 30 meter long area on the wall of totally 160 meters. Ancient Languages Specialist Prof. Dr. Cumhur Tanriver is working on the decoding of the writings. The writings on the wall gave us interesting information about the late Roman period. There are ships, fish, sexual organ figures and potraits which were carved in stone," Ersoya said.

Ersoy noted that a sightseeing park will be established for visitors in Agora. "In a few months, after the completing of the wall, a gallery of scripts will be visited," Ersoy said.

He added that every year 15.000 visitors came to the ancient area for visiting and that these number can be doubled.

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