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Another photo from nearly half a century ago. The relative lack of sharpness is made up for by a considerable amount of noise. It was taken with a simple camera and is scanned from an Agfacolor slide.

On my journey all over Turkey in the summer of 1971 I continued from Bursa to the third largest city, Izmir, situated on three sides of a deep bay of the Aegean Sea.

In 1971 Izmir had a population of 921 000, today almost 3 million live there.

Among the places I saw during 23 days in Izmir was the Greek Agora, updated in the days of the Roman empire. According to my diary I didn't find it spectacularly interesting, exept for these columns, a few statues in a pretty bad shape and a cellar where the ancient vaults could be closely watched.

When I read about this Agora on the internet now, I get a feeling that many more parts have been excavated since 1971 and all of it has been turned into an open air museum. I didn't write a word about paying any entrance fee, so it must have been a more or less abandoned plot of Roman ruins next to an old residential district. In the photo you can see a part of the local cemetery.

Here is a larger version.

Again I looked at the 25 latest pages of photos from Izmir province and only found one picture (taken by ChrisJ) from this agora, showing a view I didn't recognize at all.

With this photo it is time for me to say goodbye to 2019. These columns have seen so many years come and go, so another year or even another decade won't mean anything to them. But to everybody else I would like to say:

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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