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    Beach

    by solopes Updated Feb 19, 2013

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    I must confess that my experience in Izmir was confined to a day spent in a good hotel, about 6 Km from town, and by the beach.

    I got the idea that the beach was better (less windy) than the one in Cesme, where we spent a week, that's why it was hard to understand why do they need so many and so big pools, and the contrast between people in the beach and the crowds in the pool.

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    Karsiyaka

    by muratkorman Written Oct 29, 2011
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    Karsiyaka is one of the popular regions in Izmir. There is a pedestrian street full of shops and restaurants. You can take a walk on the seaside. You can also take the boat to Konak or Pasaport boat stations.

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    Kemeralti Market

    by muratkorman Written Oct 29, 2011

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    Kemeralti is the famous market area behind Konak Square. You can find many shops specialized in different trades. It's especially crowded during the weekends. Tourists also prefer this area. You can bargain with the prices of most items. There are shops to get some souvenirs and some cafés to rest after shopping.

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    Konak Square

    by Arkeolog Updated Apr 30, 2010

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    Konak Meydani (Konak square) is the centre of Izmir city. Due to the presence of such official institutions as the municipal and governorship buildings coupled with a concentration of shopping facilities in this square, it setrves as a meeting and intersecting point for transportation within the city.We invite you to follow us on a step-by-step tour of Izmir, starring with Konak Meydani. On this short tour, which we will be taking on foot, let’s get acquainted with the historical and cultural sites of Izmir.

    Clock Tower : This monument was built in 1901 by the Ottoman Grand Vizier Kücük Said Pasha to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the coronation of Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamit II. The architectural design of the tower bears a resemblance to those of the German Consulate building located on the 1st Kordon and St Polycarp Church in Alsancak.Raymond Pere desinged them all. The tower is 25 meters in height and has fountains on each of its four corners. The clock in the tower was a gift from German kaiser Wilhelm II.

    Government House : This building, which is used today as the state building, was built between the years 1868-1872. It was later destroyed by fire in 1970 and restored to its orginal state in 1971.

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    St. Polycarp Church

    by Arkeolog Updated Apr 21, 2010

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    St. Polycarp Church

    This church is located at the intersection of Gaziosmanpaþa Blvd. And Necatibey Blvd. On the way from Cumhuriyet Square to Basmane. The building was built in 1625 in honour of St. Polycarp, who was killed in A.D. 155 in Kadifekale at the age of 86 because of his strong beliefs and faith. It is Ýzmir’s oldest church and is open to the public every day throughout the year.

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    Agora

    by Willettsworld Written Mar 7, 2010
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    The Agora was the largest of its kind in the world and was established in 333 BC by Alexander the Great on the slopes of Mt. Pagos but was ruined in an earthquake in AD 178 and rebuilt soon after by Marcus Aurelius. The Agora was originally partially excavated in 1932-41, revealing an open square (140x140m) flanked by porticoes and a huge civic basilica on the north side. Work started again in 2002 and is still in progress; hundreds of roman graffiti’s have been found in the basement of the Basilica. Inscriptions also indicate the existence of a church. Colonnades of reconstructed Corinthian columns, vaulted chambers and arches give some idea to what a Roman Bazaar would have once looked like, a stone’s throw away from the Ottoman Kemeralti Bazaar.

    Open: 8am-5pm. Admission: TL2.

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    Kizlaragasi Han

    by Willettsworld Written Mar 7, 2010

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    This impressive building in the Kemeralti Bazaar was built as a caravanserai in 1744. It's the only covered part of the bazaar and, because of this, is touristy with a tea garden in the courtyard and antique shops on the second floor. Nice all the same for a wander around.

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    Kemeralti Bazaar

    by Willettsworld Written Mar 7, 2010

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    This is the main bazaar in Izmir and is a must visit just to wander around it's maze of mini streets. It doesn't have the same feel or is as exotic as the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul as it's not covered and the shops and stalls aren't as touristy. However, there is a building called the Kizlaragasi Han which is covered but, because of this, is touristy (see next tip). The market itself came into existence with the filling between 1650-1670 of the shallowest parts of the inner bay. The bazaar as features 6 mosques and 7 synagogues.

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    Government Mansion

    by Willettsworld Written Mar 7, 2010

    This building stands facing the clock tower and the sea in Konak Square on the site of the first government building of Izmir known as the Katipoglu Residence. However, this building deteriorated and became insufficient for the local government and so this building was built in 1872. However, it burnt down in 1970 but was rebuilt to the original plans.

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    Clock Tower

    by Willettsworld Written Mar 7, 2010

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    This landmark clock tower stands in Konak Square near the promenade. It was designed by the Levantine French architect Raymond Charles Père and built in 1901 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Abdulhamid II's (reigned 1876–1909) ascension to the throne.

    The clock itself was a gift of German Emperor Wilhelm II (reigned 1888–1918). It is decorated in an elaborate Ottoman architecture. The tower, at a height of 25 m (82 ft), features four fountains, which are placed around the base in a circular pattern, and the columns are inspired by North African themes.

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    Ethnography Museum

    by Willettsworld Written Mar 7, 2010
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    This museum is located opposite the Archaeology Museum is located in Bahribaba Park, just to the south of Konak. It is housed in a lovely stone building that was once a hospital, built in 1831. It exhibits a wonderful collection of folkloric art which is displayed on the first two floors which showcase the lifestyle, customs and traditions of Izmir and its vicinity in the 19th century. It displays reconstructions of traditional handicrafts such as felt making, wood block printing, clog making, blue bead making, tin processing, rope weaving and pottery as well as many costumes, textiles, jewellery, kitchen utensils and camel saddles and an exhibition about camel wrestling.

    Open: 8.30am-5.30pm Tue-Sun, closed Mondays. Admission: Free.

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    Archaeology Museum - Terra-cotta Sarcophagi

    by Willettsworld Written Mar 7, 2010

    These Terra-cotta Sarcophagi are from Clazomenae, an ancient Ionian Greek city, located about 20 miles west of Izmir. It was founded on the mainland near the base of the Erythraean peninsula and became part of the Ionian Dodecapolis where it was well known for its painted terra-cotta sarcophagi (6th century BC).

    Open: 8.30am-5.30pm Tue-Sun, closed Mondays. Admission: TL8.

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    Archaeology Museum - Ceramics

    by Willettsworld Written Mar 7, 2010
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    This museum has a huge amount of ceramics on display on the second floor. It showcases exhibits from the Prehistorical period to the end of the Byzantine period from in and around Izmir. Highlights include works from Balkatepe, Limantepe, Kocabastepe and Panaztepe, which were prehistoric sites plus those from Klaros, Erythrai, Teos, Pitane, Iasos (Gulluk), Klazomenai (Urla), Kyme (Aliaga), Smyrna (Izmir).

    Open: 8.30am-5.30pm Tue-Sun, closed Mondays. Admission: TL8.

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    Archaeology Museum - Sculpture

    by Willettsworld Written Mar 7, 2010
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    The sculptures on the ground floor feature works from the Hellenistic (330-30 BC) and Roman periods (30 BC - 395 AD) with highlights such as the Statue of a Priest, Statue of Draped Woman, Statue of Two Girls from Ephesus, Priest of the Imperial Cult, and Antinous as Androclos (AD 138-161) from Ephesus.

    Open: 8.30am-5.30pm Tue-Sun, closed Mondays. Admission: TL8.

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    Archaeology Museum

    by Willettsworld Written Mar 7, 2010
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    The Archaeology Museum is located in Bahribaba Park, just to the south of Konak where it opened in 1984. The works of art yielded by excavations carried out in various parts of the region such as Bayrakli (ancient Izmir), Ephesus, Pergamon, Miletus, Aphrodisias, Clazomenae, Teos, Lasos are on display here in the form of sculptures, ceramics, coins and jewellery.

    The sculptures on the ground floor feature works from the Hellenistic (330-30 BC) and Roman periods (30 BC - 395 AD) with highlights such as the Statue of a Priest, Statue of Draped Woman, Statue of Two Girls from Ephesus, and Priest of the Imperial Cult. The ceramics section showcases exhibits from the Prehistorical period to the end of the Byzantine period from in and around Izmir. Other exhibits include Terra-cotta Sarcophagi and a bronze statue of a Runner (50-30 BC).

    Open: 8.30am-5.30pm Tue-Sun, closed Mondays. Admission: TL8.

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