A Perfect Day in Kordonboyu
With a beauty that inspired many songs, Kordon is a must-see place in İzmir. It’s one of the symbols of the city, where locals and visitors meet the Aegean Sea, watch the sunset or lay down on the grass and relax during summer and spring.
Once was famous for its Levantine houses with marble stairs, and its mansions peculiar to İzmir, Kordon still has some architectural structures where you can find traces of the past.
In Kordon, there are numerous luxury restaurants, bars, cafes, and pubs that cater to different needs.
Phaetons near the Cumhuriyet Square are symbols of this area. These horse-drawn phaetons are providing until 11 pm.
Here are some suggestions for you for a perfect day in Kordonboyu.
Gündoğdu: Gate of Alsancak to Kordon
Gündoğdu Square serves as a gate between Alsancak’s Gündoğdu quarter and Kordon. You can find many luxurious clothing shops, banks, cafés, pubs, and restaurants in the area. This square is a place where you will witness the street life coming alive during summer and spring. When you step on the square, which also hosts many concerts, it means that you’re only moments away from enjoying Kordon.
Cumhuriyet Square: The Starting point of Kordon
This square, where the Gazi Statue, one of the symbol artifacts of İzmir rises, is one of the most important squares in İzmir. There are five-star rest stops, post office, and Pasaport Ferry Port around it. Ceremonies and parades are conducted during the historical days of İzmir and national holidays, and some concerts are held in this square.
The Gazi Statue in Cumhuriyet Square is one of İzmir’s iconic monuments. It is a monument built to express the people of İzmir’s gratitude towards Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the modern Turkish Republic. It’s the symbol of the Turkish War of Independence, and also of İzmir. The architect of this statue is the renowned Italian sculptor Pietro Canonica. After seeing this statue that salutes its visitors since 1932, you can walk towards Kordon and breathe in the refreshing smell of the sea.
Visit Atatürk Museum
In the İzmir Atatürk Museum, which is one of the most magnificent structures in Kordon, information and documents about the Turkish Republic's founding father Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's life and his visits to İzmir are displayed.
In the building, which is a fine example of the 19th-century neoclassical architecture, the meeting room, study room, bedroom, guest room, barber room, aide room, waiting - reception room, library, dining room, and bathroom that Atatürk once used can be seen.
Take a nostalgic trip with phaeton
The phaetons, used by English and French at the beginning of the 19th century in İzmir for transportation 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.
The trip takes the favorite boulevards of Alsancak, wander in Kültürpark and visit many historical places such as Ayavukla Church, Hotels Street, Agora, Kemeraltı and Clock Tower with phaeton.
You can also take an enjoyable phaeton ride at Karşıyaka coast, between Karşıyaka Ferry Port and Bostanlı, where you can reach with a ferry or through land route.
Taste the delicacies of İzmir
You can spend your time from the morning up to late nights since Kordon is an area famous for its food and beverage shops. You can start your day in a breakfast hall in the morning and shop in Kıbrıs Şehitleri (Cyprus Martyrs') Street behind the coast and eat in the restaurants around. Again you can have dinner in fish restaurants at Kordon and have fun in entertainment places up to the late night.
Visit the exhibitions at the Arkas Art Gallery
The sea-viewing side of the French Honorary Consulate Building, which has been serving since 1875 in İzmir as one of the most beautiful works of its period, was assigned to Arkas Holding by the French Government for 20 years to be used for cultural and artistic purposes. Following one-year of restoration works, the building was opened under the title “Arkas Art Center” in 2011. There are 9 exhibition rooms and 1 atelier in the historical building consisting of 2 floors. To know about the event schedule, please click here.
Have a rest at the 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 held in this center. There are an elegant restaurant and a small café in the garden of this cultural center, where painting exhibitions, panels, and exhibitions are organized.
Go shopping on Kıbrıs Şehitleri (Cyprus Martyrs’)
You can witness to living life of the city in İkinci Kordon, the back alley of Kordon, and in Kıbrıs Şehitleri Street. You can find pastry shops where you can taste traditional İzmir delicacies, boyoz, and sübye, in addition to fast-food restaurants on Kıbrıs Şehitleri Street.
Attend to an exhibition in the Italian Culture Centre
Located on Kıbrıs Şehitleri Street in Alsancak, the Italian Culture Center hosts many cultural activities, painting exhibitions, and Italian courses.
Visit Selçuk Yaşar Museum and Art Gallery
Opened in 1985, Selçuk Yaşar Museum and Art Gallery 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.
The museum’s collection is rich enough to tell the story of the Turkish painting in the last half-century.
Laugh at the Joy and Cartoon Museum
If you are interested in knowing the history of humor in Turkey, this museum is perfect for you. Works of the leading Turkish cartoonists such as Eflatun Nuri and Güngör Kabakçıoğlu are archived at the museum. Workshops for students who are interested in cartoons are also available.
Take a look at İzmir Mask Museum
The first mask museum in Turkey is located in Alsancak and waiting for its visitors who’d like to get into the colorful and magical world of masks. The museum exhibits more than 300 artifacts in five different categories: Ritual Masks, Theater Masks, Anatolian Masks, Death Masks, and Impressive Ones.
See the nostalgic trains in TCDD Museum and Art Gallery
State Railways - TCDD Museum is waiting for you in the two-story building which was built in the 1850s across from Alsancak Station. In the museum, you can discover the history of railways in Turkey. There are objects, documents, records and photographs from stations in the area, especially the first station Aydın Kasaba. The museum, which attracts the attention of train and railway enthusiasts, also has a gallery that hosts periodical exhibitions.
Visit the Music Museum and Sound Library
The Music Museum and Sound Library is located in a renovated historical İzmir house across from the Alsancak Station. It was opened in 2006, and it is the only one of its kind in Turkey. 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.
Listen to a lawn concert at the Historical Gas Plant Culture Center
The Gas Plant, which was built by the company Laidloux and Sons located in Glasgow in 1862, started production in 1867. The structure, which is an important value of the city in terms of the industrial heritage, was restored by the İzmir Metropolitan Municipality in 2007. Today, the restaurant and cafe in the building welcome guests in a calm and peaceful environment. Outdoor movie screening, concerts, and workshops are held in the building.
Visit the churches in Alsancak
Aya Fotini is the only orthodox church in Alsancak, located 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.
Construction of the Anglican Saint John Evangelist Church in Alsancak was finished in 1899 and it was opened for service in 1902. The church is on Mahmut Esat Bozkurt Avenue.
Saint Rosaire Dom Church, the catholic church on 1481 Street in Alsancak, was first built in 1850. It was then demolished and rebuilt by Dominican priests in 1904.
Santa Maria, the church in Pasaport, was dedicated to the 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.
Construction of the Saint John Cathedral on Şehit Nevres Boulevard in Alsancak began in 1862 and the church was opened for service in 1874. It is now used by both the catholic and protestant communities.
See Alsancak Hocazade Mosque
Another important location for faith tourism in Alsancak is Hocazade Mosque. Standing at the corner of Şair Eşref Boulevard and Ali Çetinkaya Boulevard, the mosque was built by Hocazada Ahmet Ragıp Üzümcü. The mosque, which was opened for service in 1950 is one of the most famous protocol mosques in İzmir.
See the İzmir Commercial life in Commercial History Museum
The İzmir Commerce History Museum in Konak shows the city’s identity and its history, molded with commerce and culture through archeological and ethnographic pieces. The museum, which is the first commerce museum of Turkey, exhibits ceramics, earth figurines, glass artifacts, and seals as well as gold, silver and bronze coins from different periods.
Explore the handicraft works of masters in the Ministry of Culture's shop
You can find unique products produced in every corner of Turkey within the traditional handcrafts shop (GESİM) operated by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, next to the Chamber of Commerce of İzmir at Pasaport. Handcrafted carpets, wood products, glassworks, ceramics, miniature Turkish musical instruments, and shadow puppetry figures are sold along with silver jewelry and decorative materials.
Take the ferry from Pasaport ferry port
When you’re ready to end your perfect day in Kordon, you can take a ferry from Pasaport ferry port, one of the oldest ferry ports of İzmir, and reach to Üçkuyular or Karşıyaka within 30 minutes.
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