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Looking north northeast at the center of the Forum. A forum is an open space used for public meetings. In Greek it was called an "Agora." This one at Perge dates to the Byzantine Period – about the fourth century A.D.

It is a square forum measuring 245 ft. [75 m.] on each side. Left of center is the remnant of a circular structure, 45 ft. [13.5 m.] in diameter, which may have been a temple to the patron deity of merchants — Hermes. A covered colonnade and numerous shops surrounded it.

During his travels, Paul probably worked as a tent maker in or near the agora/forum of the city he was visiting. In addition it may also, at times, have been a place where Paul witnessed concerning his faith.

For a brief description of the biblical and historical significance of Perge click here.