About Izmir

Izmir is a city on Turkey’s Aegean coast. Known as Smyrna in antiquity, it was founded by the Greeks, taken over by the Romans, and rebuilt by Alexander the Great before becoming part of the Ottoman Empire in the 15th century. Today, its expansive archaeological sites include the Roman Agora of Smyrna, now an open-air museum. The hilltop Kadifekale, or Velvet Castle, built during Alexander’s reign, overlooks the city. Kemeraltı, the bazaar district, is home to Hisar Mosque, dating to the 1500s, and the Kızlarağası Han, a market in a restored caravanserai. Konak is a neighborhood centered on Konak Square and its 1901 marble clocktower. Konak's Kordon waterfront promenade, with outdoor cafes and bars, is a popular gathering place. Nearby, a customs house designed by Gustave Eiffel has been converted into an upscale mall. Religious sites range from 19th-century synagogues to the muraled Church of St. Polycarp.

Asansör is a historical building in İzmir's Karataş quarter. It was built in 1907 as a work of public service by a wealthy Jewish banker and trader of that period, Nesim Levi Bayraklıoğlu, in order to ease the passage from the narrow coastline of Karataş to the hillside, the elevator within the building serving to carry people and goods through the steep cliff between the two parts of the quarter.
Izmir Clock Tower

İzmir Clock Tower is a historic clock tower located at the Konak Square and is considered as the main landmark of the city. It is made of marble and stone with tughras and Ottoman coats of arms on four sides of the tower. There is a bell on the fourth floor which is carried by twelve columns.

Kadifekale is a hilltop castle in İzmir located on the Mount Pagos and was built in the 3rd century BC. The castle offers panoramic views of the shoreline, the city of İzmir, and the Gulf of İzmir. Next to the castle are the ruins of the cisterns built during the Roman period and renovated during the Byzantine and Ottoman periods.
Agora Open Air Museum

Agora Open Air Museum, which is located on the northern slope of the city. The structure was surrounded by important public buildings of the period when it was founded in the 4th century B.C, therefore it was serving as the city's State Agora. The graceful embossed portrait of Faustina, the wife of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, who loved Izmir very much, is on the arch of the West Gate of the Agora and warmly welcomes the visitors. You can see graffiti in the stores from the Roman Era. The graffiti is said to be the world’s largest Greek graffiti collection and carries profiles of Hellenistic and Roman daily life.
Mount Sipylus

Mount Sipylus or Mount Spil is a mountain rich in legends and history in Manisa Province. Its summit towers over the modern city of Manisa as well as over the road between İzmir and Manisa. The mountain as a whole presents an area of dense forests and is known for its wild tulips. The mountain is also a common spot for camping, parachuting, hiking, and other mountain sports.
Key Museum

Key Museum is Turkey's largest auto and motorcycle museum is located outside Izmir. The museum displays over 170 models and the collection is outstanding, even to the non-connoisseurs, including the first cars ever produced by brands like BMW, MINI, Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac, Ford, and Porsche. There are pieces that will please the crowds, like the original Batmobile from the first Batman film and the exact same Stutz that Elvis Presley used to drive.
Konak Square

Konak Square is a busy square at the southern end of Atatürk Avenue in the Konak district of İzmir and is named after the Vali Konağı of İzmir Province. Most of this busy square is occupied by the Governorate of İzmir Province, the City Hall of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality, the Central Bus Station, and the Yalı Mosque. At the center of the square is the İzmir Clock Tower, an old landmark built-in 1901. At the southern end of the square is the Cultural Centre of Ege University, which includes an opera house, a music academy, and a museum of modern art.
Yalı Mosque

Yalı Mosque also known as Konak Mosque is located on Konak Square in the heart of the city next to the Governor's Mansion and the İzmir Clock Tower. It is considered a landmark of the city for its distinctive octagonal shape and elaborate tilework. The Mosque was constructed in 1755 under the patronage of Ayşe Hanım, the wife of Katipzade Mehmet Paşa who governed İzmir at the time.

Belkahve is a mountain pass connecting İzmir to the hinterland. It is the first point on the way from Central Anatolia to İzmir to watch İzmir and the Aegean Sea. During the Turkish War of Independence, after three years of occupation, the nationalists, including Atatürk, watched İzmir from this point on 8–9 September 1922. A monument has been erected to commemorate the incident.
Hisar Mosque

Hisar Mosque or Hisarönü Mosque is a historical Mosque in İzmir. It was constructed by Aydınoğlu Yakup Bey between 1592 and 1598. The 16th-century mosque is one of the biggest in the city centre and its interior contains one of the most striking examples of Ottoman Islamic artwork in İzmir.
Best Time To Visit Izmir

The best time to visit Izmir is from June to August when the weather is pleasant.

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