Commercial Market of Philippi
© Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace
The Commercial Market of Philippi was constructed in the second half of the 2nd century AD at the southeastern side of the Roman Agora, also built in the same period.
The buildings of the Market were arranged around a peristyle court, the north side of which was traversed by the Via Egnatia, while the east and west sides were delimited by two roods that were perpendicular to the Commercial street. On the north side of the Market, the six-column colonnade of the stoa apparently served as the entrance to the courtyard with several shops lying at its east and west sides. Apart from the shops, there were statues and honorary monuments in the Agora, while a workshop of marble sculpture operated at its east side during the Early Christian times (4th – 7th centuries AD).
Now only the six-pillar colonnade is preserved on the south side that was used in the northern entrance of Basilica B, which was erected on the site of the Agora during the Early Christian times (4th – 7th centuries AD).