About Izmir

Izmir is located on the Aegean coast and is Turkey's third largest city, with a population of around 4 million. 
Located in the west of Turkey and on the Aegean shores, İzmir, the pearl of the Aegean, is the third largest city in Turkey. With its 8.500 year history, a sea that offers every shade of blue and the heritage left behind by the 32 civilizations it has been a home to, İzmir is ready for you to discover.

İzmir owes its position as an economically and socially dynamic city to its location, climate and the fact that it has been a home to many different cultures and religions. Persians, Ancient Greeks, Assyrians, Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans are just a few of the dozens of different civilizations that the city has hosted throughout its long history.

Formerly called Smyrna, Izmir's history dates to 3000 B.C. Archaeological remains show that the Trojans, Hittites and Lydians all had settlements in Izmir until it was taken by Greeks around 1000 B.C.



 


The most popular place to visit outside of Izmir 

Bergama(Pergamon) Ancient City

Pergamon was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2014, and it has been one the rare settlements that has survived several invasions and devastations over the ages, but reoccupied again on the merits of its strategic location.



Şirince Village

 

12 km away from Ephesus and 65 km from Adnan Menderes Airport, was once Cirkince ("ugly"). Indeed its habitants gave this name on purpose as they did not want to be bothered by foreigners nor to share the beauty of their village.

The Historical Kemeraltı Bazaar

The heart of İzmir, one of the oldest bazaars in Turkey, Kemeraltı is one of the best places to see in the city.
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Ephesus Ancient City

Located within what was once the estuary of the River Kaystros, Ephesus comprises successive Hellenistic and Roman settlements founded on new locations, which followed the coastline as it retreated westward. You can click picture for more detail about Ephesus.







 

Izmir Historical Lift

Izmir Historical Lift is a building built in 1907. Today, “two streets” with the name, in the past the coastal road and Halil Rifat paşa districts were called. The two streets are separated from each other by the physical characteristics of the past during the development of the city. 



Clock Tower - Konak Square

It is the symbol of Izmir, Konak Square’s most important attraction center. It was built as a gift for the 25th year of Sultan Abdülhamid the second's ascendance to the throne in 1901. The architect of the Tower is M.Raymond Père. 
You can click the picture for more detail about Clock Tower.


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