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Izmir City

                        


Izmir is the third largest city in Turkey with a population of around 3.7 million, the second biggest port after Istanbul. Once the ancient city of Smyrna, İzmir is now a modern, developed, and busy commercial center, set around a huge bay and surrounded by mountains. The broad boulevards, glass-fronted buildings and modern shopping centers are dotted with traditional red-tiled roofs, the 18th century market, and old mosques and churches, although the city has an atmosphere more of Mediterranean Europe than traditional Turkey.

Konak Square — Main square of the city center, famous for the clock tower, one of the unique smybols of Izmir. The clock tower was built in 1901. There are also Konak Yali Mosque and Kemeraltı Bazaar located around the square. Alsancak — small streets with lots of bars in old Ottoman era houses, where you can have a Çay (Turkish tea) or a beer and try several waterpipe flavors. Karsiyaka — literally means "opposite side", Karsiyaka locates at the other part of Izmir Gulf, has some beautiful views of Konak and Alsancak. Karsiyaka also offers lively nightlife and one of the Izmir's main pedestrian shopping streets. It can be reached by ferry (vapur) and Izban. Kadifekale — old castle on the hill which it's named after. Some remains of the original Roman city of Smyrna can be seen at Agora.

Ephesus, Turkey Crash Course

  • Home of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world: The Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, was in Ephesus.
  • Celsus Library: There are visible ruins of a library which was built in the name of Proconsul Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemeanus which housed nearly 15,000 scrolls.
  • Population: Ephesus used to be a Roman city with population of 250.000 people. It was the second largest city of the Roman Empire.
  • History: Ephesus dates back to some time between 1500-1000 B.C.
  • Restoration: Ephesus was discovered in 1800s and the ancient city is still being restored. Today only around ten percent of the city is open for the public visit.
  • Diverse: A big city not just for pagans. Christians, Jews, Egyptians and many more nations were living in Ephesus.
  • Religious: Ephesus was one of the most important cities for early Christianity, that the third ecumenical council was held there in A.D. 431.
  • Ephesus was the site of Saint Paul's ministry for three years.
  • Home of Heraclitus Presocratic philosopher, Zeuxis (5th century BC) painter, Agasias (2nd century BC) Greek sculptors, Manuel Philes (c. 1275 – 1345) Byzantine poet.
  • Current Ephesus: Ephesus is now Selçuk, located on the Asian side of Turkey (Anatolia). Ephesus is still considered to be one of the biggest ancient sites in the world and attracts millions of people every year.
  • Ephesus was visited by Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II.
  • Ephesus Amphitheater used to host 25.000 people!
  • There was totally 127 columns on the Temple of Artemis before ''Herostratus'' burned it down to become famous.

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