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.