Young but centuries-old
Izmir is no less than 3,500 years old but looks young and boisterous. Although the past is honoured, the city aims to look forward. Welcome to the most modern city of Turkey…
Violence of war
The city of Izmir is located at the Aegean Sea in the west of Turkey. The city was founded in the 11th century BC under the name Smyrna. The old city centre still carries this name and is characterized by small shops in narrow streets that converge on the old agora, a large-scale market.
In the course of the centuries, battle was fought over Izmir several times. It brought devastation and the city often changed hands. The Fortress of Kadifekale is a reminder of this period. It is located high on a mountain and offers a great view across the city and sea.
Past and present
The most famous symbol of Izmir is the Konak Mosque with its Bell Tower, but a visit to the Atatürk Museum should not be missed either. The museum tells the story of the founding father of modern Turkey. In contrast, the Archaeological Museum focuses on times long past, among others by means of Hettite finds and a statue of Poseidon. Finally, in the Ethnographic Museum, folklore and traditions are central.
Those who go browsing in one of the many shops or market stalls are treated to antiques, clothing, fake jewellery, dried figs and sultanas. At the same time, the city has modern shopping boulevards with famous fashion houses. Old and new alternate, which is typical for Izmir.