10 Iconic Places in İzmir
İzmir has countless iconic destinations. Here are 10 of them:
1. İzmir Clock Tower
The first place that comes to mind when you mention İzmir is The Clock Tower, located in Konak Square, the heart of the city. The 25-meters high and 4-story tower was built in 1901 as a tribute to the 25th anniversary of the succession of the throne of Sultan Abdul Hamid II. The lower part of the tower, which is in the form of a fountain, is distinguished from its peers by its original architecture. Thanks to its location, the tower is one of the meeting points of the locals in İzmir.
2. The Historical Elevator
This is the place to go if you’d like to see the most beautiful view of the city. This building, which also gave the district its name, was had built by a Jewish businessman named Nesim Levi. The Elevator, located between Mithat Paşa Street and the 40-meter high Şehit Nihat Bey Street, was built on an old quarry and put into service in 1907. The elevator saves everyone from climbing the 155 steps between Mithat Paşa Street and Halil Rıfat Paşa Street. The elevator tower consists of three floors. You can dine in the cafeterias accompanied by the perfect scenery on the top floor.
It’s almost a sin to visit İzmir but not watch the fascinating sunset at Kordon! Along the road from Atatürk Square in Pasaport to the Port of İzmir, you can take a walk or lie on the grass to watch this magnificent sunset.
4. Historical Kemeraltı Bazaar
The bazaar was established between 1650 and 1670 by filling the sea and hosted craftsmen such as coalmen and blacksmiths in its early years. It now serves as a huge open-air bazaar with its candy shops, spice shops, gift shops and much more. Famous for its inns and fountains, Kemeraltı is also a place where you can taste the best dishes of İzmir.
5. Kızlarağası Inn
The inn which was built by Hacı Beşir Ağa in 1743 and located just behind İzmir Harbour Castle, is one of the touristic and historic shopping destinations in İzmir. The inn, which once played a crucial role in the economic life of İzmir lived its most brilliant period until the last quarter of the 19th century. Kızlarağası Inn has not lost its historical structure and it is still in use today. There are small cafes where you can have tea and coffee in the square of the inn, which mostly includes jewelry and clothing shops.
The Castle on the Pagos Mountain, which is one of the icons of İzmir, was built in the Hellenistic Era by Lysimachos, one of Alexander the Great’s generals. The castle and all area are amongst the must-see places in İzmir. The walls built in the 3rd century B.C. have survived through Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman periods. We recommend you to watch the sunset from the castle located at an altitude of 186 meters.
7. Konak Pier
Konak Pier, which was used as Customs Office until the end of the 1950s, is located near Konak Square, the heart of İzmir. The building, which was built as an old French customs office, served for different purposes such as the fish market for a while during the Republican period and later for parking, now serves as a shopping center with shops and restaurants. In Konak Pier, there are many shops such as jewelry stores, bookstores, shoe sellers, an art gallery, and a cinema.
8. The Ancient City of Ephesus
The Ancient City of Ephesus, which is located in the Selçuk district of İzmir today, was founded in 8.600 B.C. as a port city at a point where the East and the West met. It was the most important civilization, culture, science, and art center of its time. The Library of Celsus, the Grand Theater, the terrace houses, and the Temple of Hadrian are the most important archeological structures to see in Ephesus, along with the Temple of Artemis. The ancient city attracts visitors from almost every season of the year from all around the world.
9. Şirince Village
Şirince is a green Aegean village located in the Selçuk district of İzmir. The village is famous for its two-story white houses, cobblestoned streets, handcrafts, fruity wines, and elderberry sherbet.
10. Alaçatı Windmills
The historical Alaçatı Windmills dating back to the 1850s are located in Alaçatı, the most popular touristic destination in Çeşme. After being used to grind wheat for 150 years, the mills serve today as restaurants and cafes. The four windmills are all different from one other. They are very popular among those who’d like to watch the sunset and take photos.
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