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One Day Trip Efes - Selçuk

One Day Trip Efes - Selçuk

Today we’re in Selçuk, which has witnessed many different periods of history...

A Day Full of History

A Day Full of History

There are many historical buildings that deserve to be seen in the center of İzmir.

Architectural Sites

Architectural Sites

İzmir has been a fascinating city since ancient times.

“They established their city under the most beautiful sky and in the best climate we know on earth.” said Herodot about it.

Aristotle told Great Alexander that he’d be incomplete if he didn’t see Izmir.

Victor Hugo, the great author, wrote poems for Izmir, and called it a ‘princess.’

One of the main ways of witnessing the history of this city is to visit the archeological sites.

Check the pages below to know more about the history of the multi-layered and multi-cultural Izmir.

The Ancient City of Atarneus (Dikili - Çandarlı)
The Ancient City of Atarneus (Dikili - Çandarlı)

Dating back to 4000 B.C., Atarneus was the first city state founded in Ağılkale, which is close to Dikili district.

Pergamon Akropol Ruin
Pergamon Akropol Ruin

Akropolis, which is the first settlement in Pergamon and means ‘castle’, welcomes visitors with all its glory.

Pergamon Asklepion Ruin
Pergamon Asklepion Ruin

The Asklepion Temple in Pergamon was built in the 4th century B.C.

Çeşme Bağlararası Excavation Site
Çeşme Bağlararası Excavation Site

Excavations started in 2001 in Bağlıca, the oldest settlement of Çeşme, show that this area has been inhabited continuously since at least...

Ephesus
Ephesus

Ephesus, which has survived since ancient times and welcomes hundreds of thousands of people every year with its magnificent structures, is...

Ancient City of Erythrai
Ancient City of Erythrai

The Ancient City of Erythrai was an important Ionian city on the coast of the Aegean Sea, northeast of Çeşme.

Kadifekale
Kadifekale

The Castle on the Pagos Mountain, which is one of the icons of İzmir, was built in the Hellenistic Era by Lysimachos, one of Alexander the...

The Ancient City of Klaros and Klaros Prophecy Center (Menderes)
The Ancient City of Klaros and Klaros Prophecy Center (Menderes)

The ancient city of Klaros, also known as Claros, Clarius or Clarios, is located within the borders of Ahmetbeyli neighborhood in Menderes...

Klozemenai and Liman Tepe Dig Site
Klozemenai and Liman Tepe Dig Site

Klazomenai, which was one of the 12 Ionian cities, is located on the north coast of the Urla - Çeşme peninsula, towards the middle of th...

Kolophon (Değirmendere) and the Ancient City of Notion (Ahmetbeyli)
Kolophon (Değirmendere) and the Ancient City of Notion (Ahmetbeyli)

Two of the must-see ancient cities in Menderes district are Kolophon and Notion.

Kyme
Kyme

The ruins of the ancient city of Kyme are located on the left side of the road from İzmir to Bergama, 6 kilometers south of Alia...

Lebedos
Lebedos

Lebedos, located between Gümüldür and Ürkmez, on the peninsula known today as Kısık, was one of 12 Ionian cities.

Ancient City of Metropolis
Ancient City of Metropolis

The Ancient City of Metropolis, which is one of Turkey’s most rare and precious archeological treasures, is located in Yeniköy...

Nif Mountain
Nif Mountain

One of the 19 mountains named “Olympos” during the Ancient Period, the Nif Mountain is attractive with its natural beauty.

Panaztepe Ancient City
Panaztepe Ancient City

Located on a natural hill at the northern end of the region also known as Yeditepeler, and 13 kilometers west of the Menemen district,...

Phokaia
Phokaia

Phokaia was how İzmir’s Foça district was called during the Ancient Age and Byzantine Empire.

Pitane
Pitane

Pitane is located on the northern shore of Çandarlı Bay, south of Dikili district.

Smyrna - Tepekule Ruin
Smyrna - Tepekule Ruin

The Smyrna - Tepekule Mound, which is known as the second place to be inhabited in İzmir after Yeşilova Mound, is located in the Bayraklı...

Teos Antique Site (Seferihisar)
Teos Antique Site (Seferihisar)

Located in the Sığacık neighborhood of Seferihisar district, Teos was one of the 12 Ionian cities. The first settlement in Teos, an ancient...

Ulucak Mound
Ulucak Mound

The Ulucak mound lies on a fertile alluvial plain opening to the Aegean coast, within the borders of Ulucak, east of the Belkahve natural...

Yassıtepe Mound
Yassıtepe Mound

400 years after Yeşilova Mound, the first prehistoric settlement of İzmir, is abandoned around 5.700 B.C. because of the adverse...

Yeşilova Mound
Yeşilova Mound

Yeşilova Mound, the first prehistoric settlement of İzmir, is located in the middle of the Bornova Plain.

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