Fresh List: Top Ten Things to Do in Izmir

Last Updated:Jul 2, 2019 @ 5:43 pm

1. Clock Tower


Izmir Clock Tower is located in Konak district of Izmir and has a length of 25 meters. It is said that the green and red stones used in the architecture of the building were brought from Ephesus. The clock tower consists of 4 floors. In addition, this structure has an octagonal base. It is said that the octagonal base has a narrow area and that there are dispensers in this area.

2.Allianoi Ancient City

Covering an area of ​​30,000 square meters, the ancient city of Allianoi has a rich remains. Prehistoric, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods as a permanent settlement area is used to provide information from many periods. Located in the Bergama district of Izmir, the most important feature of the city is that it is located in the thermal region. Three-storey mosaics in the hot and hot remains among the most remarkable remains.

3. Nebiler Waterfall

This waterfall in Nebiler Village is very popular with visitors during the year, especially in the summer season. Trekking trails are available here and you can enjoy nature by trekking. At the same time, the village is preferred by most visitors of the hot springs. After trekking, you can enjoy a shower outdoors with thermal water.

4. Izmir Archeology and Ethnography Museum

The Archaeological Museum and the Ethnographic Museum, which take a journey to the ancient times of history, are within easy reach of the Bahribaba Park in Konak. In 1831, the Ethnographic Museum for the plague. Founded as Rock Hospital. Later, he hosted orphaned Christian children.

Bayraklı (Smyrna), Ephesus, Pergamon, Miletus, Klazomenai, Teos and iasos, such as excavations in the ancient parts of the Aegean can be seen in the Izmir Archaeological Museum.

5. Kemeralti Market

Kemeraltı, the heart of Izmir, Izmir is one of the first places that should come to mind when it comes to sightseeing. With its historical, cultural and architectural elements, inns, baths, mosques and old Izmir houses, this is a neighborhood that keeps the texture of the old city alive. In the past, the streets between Şadırvanaltı Mosque and Havra Street are covered and the name is Kemeraltı.

Izmir’s oldest and still standing hotel, Yeni Şükran, the National Library where the memory of the city is hidden, the State and Opera Ballet where art lovers meet, is located in the historical Kemeraltı Bazaar. Kizlaragasi Han, one of the important historical places of Kemeralti, is a treasure in itself. Go upstairs and visit antique shops, bookshops, record players and other shops. After a long and pleasant stroll, sipping coffee cooked in a sand cup in the courtyard of the inn is a classic of Izmir trip. See the Kizlaragasi Inn, the adjacent Hisar Mosque, and wander around Hisaronu. At the end of Kemeraltı, take Havra Street to the Agora.

6. Agora

Smyrna is the ancient name of Izmir. During the reign of Alexander the Great in the 4th century BC, the city moved from the ancient Smyrna to the northern slope of Kadifekale. Agora in ancient times, bazaar, in terms of the market place, political meeting and shopping areas were placed. The existence of the sub-soil, but discovered in 1927, the Agora, half-exposed for centuries, some marble columns and the excavation was initiated as a result of attracting attention.

Today, the remains of the Roman agora rebuilt with the support of Emperor Marcus Aurelius after the 178 earthquakes. Important artefacts unearthed from the ancient region are on display at the Izmir Archeology Museum. Open daily from 08.00 to 17.00. Just take 20 minutes to visit.

7. Church of St. Voukolos

One of the first bishops of Symrna. The Church of Saint Vukolos, built in the name of Boukolos (Saint Vukolos, Saint Ayavukla), is a work of the period when the population of the Greek part is dense.

Today the church is used as a multipurpose cultural hall.

8. St. Polycarp Church

In the past, Izmir was a city where different communities and religions lived side by side and in harmony. Dedicated to the name of St. Polikarp, the Protector Saint of Izmir. Polycarp Church. It was built in 1625 with the permission of the Ottoman Emperor Sultan Süleyman and the will of Louis the 13th King of France.

Saint Paul, one of the first disciples of St. Paul of Tarsus, who played a key role in spreading Christianity in the Roman Empire at that time, was burned to death at the Roman Stadium on the outskirts of Kadifekale on the grounds that he spread Christianity in Izmir. This tragic is not forgotten for the last centuries and the saint’s name is given to the church.

This oldest Catholic church in Izmir is open to visitors every day from 15:00 to 17:00 except Sunday.

9. Kordon

Kordon, which starts from Cumhuriyet Square and extends to Izmir Port, is one of the most enjoyable places where entertainment and cultural activities are concentrated. As you inhale the scent of the sea, you will see young people spreading on the grass overlooking the azure Izmir Bay and the people of Izmir who are cycling.

Summer is another beautiful in the summer afternoons in Izmir, where the winter is mixed together. Prepare yourself for one of the most beautiful sunsets you can see in Kordon, which has been the subject of poems and songs.

Kordon is one of the best places to experience the spirit of Izmir. It is essential to meet the olive oil and seafood of the Aegean.

10. Izmir Historical Elevator

Historic Elevator in Izmir, where peace is embodied, is located in the district of Karataş, where the Jews live intensively in the 1900s. The elevator was built in 1907 in order to easily reach the 58-meter height difference between the two streets.

This is one of the places where you can watch the most beautiful bay view of Izmir. Especially at sunset, there is an indescribable atmosphere. A place frequented by romantics in the evening. Stop by for dinner or even a coffee.

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