Even mentioned in songs, Kordon, is a place in İzmir where everyone takes a great joy. Kordonboyu, where İzmir meets with the sea, where you can watch the sunset or lay down on the grass during summer and spring is among the symbols of İzmir. The grass area starting from the Gündoğdu Square at Kordon is a meeting point where the youth comes together, sings and socialize while drinking something.
Phaetons near the Cumhuriyet Square are symbols of this area. These horse drawn phaetons are providing services at Karşıyaka, in addition to Kordon up to 23.00.
You can also take a ferry from the ferry port at Kordon to another beautiful district of İzmir, Karşıyaka.
See the İzmir Commercial life in Commercial History Museum
Commercial History Museum in the Chamber of Commerce of İzmir at Pasaport brings the history fans together with the identity of the city, its history molded with commerce and culture and archaeological and ethnographic artifacts of old commercial life.
Explore the handcraft works of masters in Ministry of Culture’s shop
You can find unique products produced in four corners of Turkey within the traditional handcrafts shop (GESİM) operated by Ministry of Culture and Tourism, next to Chamber of Commerce of İzmir at Pasaport. Handcrafted carpets, wood products, glassworks, ceramics, miniature Turkish musical instruments, shadow puppetry figures are sold along with silver jewelry and decorative materials in the shop.
Starting point of Kordon, Cumhuriyet Square
This square, where the Gazi Sculpture, one of the symbol artifacts of İzmir, takes place and to which Cumhuriyet, Şehit Nevres and Gazi Osman Paşa Boulevards and Atatürk and Şehit Fethi Bey avenues are linked, is one of the most important squares of İzmir. There are five-star rest stops, post office, Pasaport Ferry Port around it and ceremonies, parades are conducted during historical days of İzmir and national holidays, and concerts are held in this square.
Gazi Sculpture erected as an appreciation of Atatürk by İzmir citizens was opened in 1932. The sculpture, made by Italian sculpture Pietro Canonica, emphasizes the statement of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk “Armies, your first goal is the Mediterranean, Forward!”. It is the second favorite place for taking photographs after the Clocktower.
Gündoğdu, gate of Alsancak to Kordon
Gündoğdu Square is also called as the gate of Gündoğdu quarter of Alsancak to Kordon. It is located after the Gündoğdu quarter, where luxurious clothing shops, banks, café and pubs, restaurants take place. This square is a place where you will witness the street life coming alive during summer and spring months. Cumhuriyet Ağacı Heykeli (Republic Tree Sculpture) modeled by Ferit Özşen in 2002 is made for 80th anniversary of foundation of the Republic. You can take the phaetons from the stop at Gündoğdu Square.
Walk in Kordonboyu
You can walk the the area from Pasaport to Port in Kordonboyu, which is the most joyous coastline of İzmir. You can sit on the grass next to Gündoğdu Square or take a seat at different cafes or bars at the landside for rest.
Visit Atatürk Museum
Atatürk Museum at Kordon, one of the most important museums of İzmir, is one of the museums you absolutely need to visit. The museum building on 1. Kordon – Atatürk Avenue is one of the beautiful samples of 19th Century Neoclassical form.
Founder of Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk stayed in this house each time he visits İzmir between 1930 – 1934. This building is also called as “Gazi Konağı” (Veteran Mansion).
Make a nostalgic trip with phaeton
One of the joyous activities when you get to Kordon is to take a phaeton, a horse drawn transportation vehicle. The phaetons, used by English and French at the beginning on 19th century in İzmir became popular in time and been the essential vehicles of “Kordon Sefası” (Kordon Pleasure).
Phaetons departing from the stop in front of Konak Pier Shopping Mall, provide service between Konak Pier – Alsancak Port during the day. You can also tour touristic areas of the city in addition to this short route. One can pass the favorite boulevards of Alsancak, wander in Kültürpark and visit many historical places such as Ayavukla Church, Hotels Street, Agora, Kemeraltı and Clocktower with phaeton with the city tours including historical lines in Alsancak, Konak and Basmane and Kültürpark.
You can also take a phaeton ride at Karşıyaka coast, where you can reach with ferry or through land route. You can make a joyous trip between Karşıyaka Ferry Port and Bostanlı.
Taste the delicacies of İzmir
You can spend your time from the morning up to late nights, since Kordon is an area famous with its food and beverage shops. You can start your day in a breakfast hall in the morning and shop in Kıbrıs Şehitleri Avenue behind the coast and eat in the businesses around. Again you can have dinner in fish restaurants at Kordon and have fun in entertainment places up to late night.
Visit the exhibitions at the Arkas Art Gallery
1380 Street No:1 Alsancak
The Arkas Art center is located in the French Consulate Building at the 1st Kordon. The center has been serving special collections periodically.
Have a rest at French Cultural Centre
French Cultural Centre in Alsancak is the largest foreign cultural center in İzmir. It has an occasional theatre hall and French language training and cultural activities are conducted in this center. There is an elegant restaurant and a small café in the garden of this culture center, where painting exhibitions, interviews and exhibitions are organized.
Shop in Kıbrıs Şehitleri
You can witness to living life of the city in İkinci Kordon, back alley of Kordon, and in Kıbrıs Şehitleri Avenue. You can find pastry shops where you can taste traditional İzmir delicacies, boyoz and sübye, in addition to fast food stores on Kıbrıs Şehitleri Avenue.
Attend to an exhibition in Italian Culture Centre
Italian Culture Centre on Kıbrıs Şehitleri Avenue in Alsancak is considered as a place where cultural activities, painting exhibitions are organized in addition to Italian language training.
Selçuk Yaşar Museum and Art Gallery
Adres: Cumhuriyet Bulvarı, No: 252, Alsancak
Open Hours: Summer Period: 10.00-18.00 (Closed on weekends.)/Winter Period: 10.30-18.30, Saturday: 12.00-18.00 (Closed on Sundays)
This museum was opened in 1985 by Izmir businessman Selcuk Yasar in an old Izmir mansion. It is Turkey’s first private gallery. The ground floor is the gallery, while the top floor is for the museum’s permanent pieces. A large portion of the museum has pictures from Selçuk Yaşar's Collection, and there are also paintings that won the DYO painting competition, which has been held since 1967.
Museum of Joy and The Comics
Address: Yüzbaşı Şerafettin Bey Sokak, No: 9, Alsancak
Open Hours: 10.00-19.00
This museum, prepared by the Konak Municipality taking an old mansion in Alsancak and renovating it, was opened in 2012. It was designed to be relaxing as visitors toured it, and it features the work of people who represent Turkish humor. In the museum the works of leading people in Turkish comics, including Eflatun Nuri and Güngör Kabakçıoğlu are archived. For students interested in caricature there are also workshops. The museum library shows Turkish and world humor in written and visual form; in books, albums, catalogs, brochures, magazines, records, ephemeras etc. for researchers.
In the museum store there are drawings of souvenirs with iconic comic characters on them. The museum is a few steps away from one of Alsancak’s busiest places, Kıbrıs Şehitleri Street.
Izmir Mask Museum
Address: 1448 Sokak, No: 22, Alsancak
Open Hours: 10.00-19.00
Closed on Mondays.
One of the boutique museums opened by the Konak Municipality, it is formed of two floors excluding the ground floor. On the ground floor there is a cafeteria and resting area, the first floor is ethnic masks and the second floor is Anatolian picks, mark leavers, the gallery and workshop.
In The Ones Who Left Their Mark section of the museum there are masks of Ataturk, Mehmet Akif Ersoy, Ismet Inönü, Aşık Veysel, Nazım Hikmet, Atilla İlhan and others. In the Anatolian Picks hall there are the Kalo Gağan and Kose Geli Masks still used in rituals, and costumes. The workshop gives education.
Meet with trains in TCDD Museum and Art Gallery
If you follow the Kordon up to its end and pass the port, you will find an important area for railroads in İzmir. You can visit the museum belonging to State Railways, which is one of the most important witnesses of our cultural heritage, in this area of Alsancak Train Depot building. The museum is a two storied, stone building in Levantine structure type from 19th century. Objects, documents and papers, photographs from Aydın Kasaba Line, the place where railroad adventure began in our country, from other stations in the region, line and trains are exhibited in this building restored by State Railways. The museum visited by train and railroad fans can be visited every day except Sundays.
Music Museum and Sound Library - MUZIKSEV
Address: Atatürk Caddesi, Alsancak
1 May-31 August
Monday to Friday: 10.00-18.00-Saturday:10.00-15.00
1 September-30 April
Tuesday to Friday: 10.00-18.00/Saturday-Sunday: 10.00-15.00
The Music Museum and Sound Library (MUZIKSEV) is in an old Izmir house across from the Alsancak Station, and was opened in 2006. It is the only one of its kind in our country. It is a museum in which especially modern Turkish composers’ valuable notes and books on music can be kept, and a place where people getting musical education, musicologists and everyone interested in music can benefit from. In the museum the Traditional Turkish Musical Instruments Collection is on display. In the exhibition area of MUZIKSEV, decorations and costumes from the International Izmir Festival’s 29-year journey can be seen and operas from the festival can be watched.
Attend to a concert at Havagazı Fabrikası (Gasworks)
Havagazı Fabrikası is one of the important industrial heritages of the city, where open air cinema and grass concerts are organized during summer months. Havagazı Fabrikası, built by Laidloux and Sons from Glasgow in 1862 was opened to service in 1867. The building was restored by Municipality of İzmir in 2007. Today, the restaurant and café in the building, entertains its visitors in a peaceful environment.
Visit Aya Fotini Church
It is the only orthodox church in Alsancak, taking place on 1374 Street. The church, open to worship on special days, started its service in 1739 as Netherlands Church. After the fire in 1905, it was repaired. The original famous church with this name was on Orthodox Greek Church on Frenk Avenue before 1922. The church collapsed during fire.
Visit Saint John Evangelist Church
Construction of Anglican church in Alsancak was finished in 1899 and opened for service in 1902. Location of the Church was purchased and allocated when English Consulate building was constructed. The church takes place on Mahmut Esat Bozkurt Avenue.
Visit Saint Rosaire Dom Church
The catholic church on 1481 Street in Alsancak. The first building, built in 1850 was demolished and rebuilt by Dominican priests in 1904.
Visit Santa Maria Church
The church in Pasaport was dedicated to Virgin Mary. It was opened for service in 1689 but the damaged building was rebuilt in 1890. Even its exterior decorations are quite plain, interior surfaces are intensely decorated.
Visit Saint John Cathedral
Construction of the Catholic Cathedral on Şehit Nevres Boulevard in Alsancak began in 1862. The church opened for service in 1874 is used by catholic and protestant community.
Visit Alsancak Hocazade Mosque
The mosque taking place at the corner of Şair Eşref Boulevard and Ali Çetinkaya Boulevard was built by Hocazada Ahmet Ragıp Üüzmcü. The mosque, which was opened for service in 1950 is called as Hocazade Mosque. It is one of the protocol mosques of the City.