It’s Worth Discovering
İzmir is a book without an ending.
You will be amazed as you go through the pages.
- Three of the “Seven Churches” mentioned in the Bible are in İzmir.
- The Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is in İzmir.
- Parchment paper was discovered in Bergama.
- The first church that was built for Virgin Mary is in Ephesus.
- The snake figure which is the symbol of medicine was originated in Bergama.
- The first healing temple (Asclepius) was built in İzmir in the name of the God of Healing, Asclepius.
- Homer, the author of the epics of Iliad and Odyssey, is from İzmir.
- Stating that everything changes by saying “You can never step in the same river twice”, the famous philosopher Heraclitus (BC 540-480) lived in İzmir.
- One of the writers of the Bible, St. John, passed away in İzmir. His tomb is still in the city.
- Klazomenai, the first oil workshop of the world to be discovered to date is in Urla.
- The first temple in the name of the Goddess Athena was built in İzmir.
- Herbal therapy, psychotherapy and natural therapy was first used in İzmir.
- The famous doctor of the ancient times, Galen (AD 131-210), lived in Bergama.
- Philosopher and poet Xenophanes lived in Kolofon in 6th Century BC.
- Philosopher Anaxagoras (BC 500-428) lived in Clazomente (today’s Urla)
- The famous singer Dario Moreno lived in İzmir.
- The first and the single village with a theatre is Bademli.
- The first library of Asia was built in İzmir with 200.000 books.