visiting HOMEROS monument
Izmir is the birthplace of world famous anciet poet HOMEROS - HOMERi the writer of Illiad and Odyssei epics...
The Poet Homeros and the Meles River
Although Homer never mentioned the city in his legends, all through ancient time, Smyrna, like any other city during that time, claimed Homer’s citizenship to the city and built an altar, and respected him to the pointof worship. The arguments Smyrnians put forward on the subject of where Homer was born are far more realistic than the claims put forward by other cities.
The Meles river running through Smyrna is often mentioned both in myths about the establishment of Ýzmir and the myths about Homer. There are illustrations of the Meles River, in a human form, worshipped as a river goddess to be seen on some Imperial period coins. A translation of a poem found in Bornova on an inscription and then brought to Halkapinar is as follows.
"I say my prayers to Meles (Goddess of River) who is my savior and who has protected me from dangers and epidemics".
We don’t know exactly which among the rivers that run into the sea in Bayrakli and Kadifekale is the ancient Meles. As the descriptions of Aristides and some other antique authors, "Many springs outside the city flowed into this river and took the shape of a circle. This river outside the city gates was so small that one could hardly see it at first glance. It ran into the sea at this point. The river was full of fish. It ran regularly all through winter and summer. It was possible to travel by boat up to its spring. "Near the river's spring, there were various other water springs and a cave." As it can be seen there is no river near Ýzmir that satisfies these criteria. According to scientists, the Kemer/Uzundere brook or the Halkapinar can be two rivers that could be identified with the Meles River.
Karsiyaka Pier is a landmark of Karsiyaka. Everyone knows this place and they use this place for everthing such as meeting each other, giving a road description or just hanging around. Year by year Pier's architecture has changed many times but in Karsiyaka people's mind it has a special place....
Taking a Karsiyaka seaside tour by Fayton - phaeto
phaeton- fayton is a living tradition in Karsiyaka. I know it well from my chilhood. Heavily decorated phaetons were providing transportation for Karsiyaka people. Nowadays they perform more touristic purposes but sometimes i still use phaetons.
Bargain is impotant before you get on :)
visiting OLOF PALME PARK
This Human Rights Park also known as OLOF PALME PARK. On 28 of February, 1986, the Swedish prime-minister Olof Palme was killed in central Stockholm; the capital of Sweden. this Park dedicated to his name by the city consil of Karsiyaka.
Visiting old houses 1
There are many old houses from Karsiyaka's multi-national past. Turkish, Italian, Greek, Jewish, armenian, french etc styles came together and made up a architectural festival for future. you can see these houses in Karsiyaka.
Crossing Izmir Bay by a VAPUR
There are regular ferry service between onak and Karsiyaka. If you take a ticket for this you can see magnificient bay panorama in a very cheap and calm way. You can see seaside of both towns...
visiting Bostanli Open air Archaeology Park
In Bostanli there is an open air Archaeology Park. You can see ancient statues, amphorae, stelai, sarcophagi and more historical materials. Nice to walk around ancient artifacts.
walking among the seaside of Karsiyaka
Karsiyaka seaside famous for its pubs and cafes. you can have a nice walk whenever you want in a day and then you can stop these pubs and cafes and have something to drink.