İzmir is a book without an ending. You will be amazed as you go through the pages.
In addition to the beauty it offers to humanity, İzmir is also fascinating with its lesser known aspects. How about learning new things about İzmir and refreshing your knowledge?
Seferihisar district of İzmir is the first place in Turkey that is awarded the title of Cittaslow, a title that is part of a cultural trend known as the slow movement.
Wind Turbines in Izmir
Izmir, the city of firsts, has the first wind turbine in Turkey.
Churches of Christianity
3 of the 7 churches mentioned in the Bible that are important for Christianity, are located in İzmir.
The Queen of Amazon
There are many legends about the origin of the name İzmir. One of them is that it is named after the queen of the Amazon.
Seven Wonders of the World
The Temple of Artemis, one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” is located in Selçuk, İzmir.
Parchment paper was discovered in Bergama as an alternative to papyrus. The material, which was first called Bergama paper (Charta Pergamena), was later named parchment.
Virgin Mary Church
The first church built for the Virgin Mary is in Ephesus.
Origins of snake figure in medicine and pharmacy
The snake figure, a symbol of medicine and pharmacy, origins from Bergama.
First Healing Temple
The first healing temple was founded in İzmir in the name of the god of medicine Asklepios.
Ancestor of Poets
Homer, the ancestor of poets, the author of Iliada and Odysseus, was born in Izmir.
İzmir's Historical Philosopher
The famous philosopher Heraclitus (540-480 BC), who once said, “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.” lived in Ephesus.
St. John the Apostle
St. John the Apostle, one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus according to the New Testament died in Selçuk, and his tomb is still there.
Clazomenai Olive Oil Plant
The first olive oil production facility in Anatolia is the Clazomenai Olive Oil Plant in Urla.
Temple of Athena
The first temple in the name of the goddess Athena, the daughter of Zeus, was built in Izmir.
Herbal Treatment Center
İzmir, which stands out with its natural resources, is the first city where herbal treatment, psychotherapy and natural therapy were applied.
Galen (131-210 AD), the most famous physician and scientist of ancient Rome, lived in Bergama.
Philosopher and poet Xenophanes lived in the Colophon in the 6th century BC.
The philosopher Anaxagoras (500-428 BC), one of the famous scholars of his period, lived in Clazomenae, now called Urla.
Famous singer Dario Moreno, known for his love for Izmir, lived on the street to the Historical Elevator, today known as Dario Moreno Street.
The First Theatre
Bademli is the first and only village in Turkey that has a theater.
The First Library
Asia's first library was established in Bergama with 200,000 books.
The Oldest Bridge
The oldest known bridge, the Caravan Bridge (850 BC) was built on the River Meles near Izmir.
Izmir International Fair
Held in every August since 1931, "Izmir International Fair" is Turkey's oldest traditional fair.
Universities & Technoparks
As of 2019, there are 9 universities and 4 technoparks in İzmir.
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