It is a bit wired but it is not famous in Turkey and barerly know by tourist. One of the oldest synagogue is found there of course more than 2.000 year old. Just go and visit this untouched ancient city
Bergama is famous as the city which was the ancient Greek and Roman cultural center of Pergamon and because the Pergamenes invented a new substance to use in codices, called pergaminus or pergamena (parchment) after the city.
Its ancient ruins continue to attract considerable tourist interest today and lie to the north and west of the modern city. Roman Pergamon is believed to have sustained a population of approximately 150,000 at its height in the first century AD (now only 50,000 live here).
You can watch my 3 min 04 sec Video clip Bergama Part I with Vivaldi Concerto in Cmaj.
You can watch my 2 min 50 sec Video clip Bergama Part II with Vivaldi Concerto in Cmaj.
You can watch my 3 min 55 sec Video clip Bergama Part III with Vivaldi Concerto in Cmaj.
You can watch my 5 min 22 sec Video clip Bergama Slide show Part I with Mozart Concert 191.
You can watch my 5 min 40 sec Video clip Bergama Slide show Part II with Monteverdi Ballet.
Learn more out of my Bergama VT page.
It is believed by many Christians and Muslims that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was taken to this place by Saint John and lived in the stone house until her Assumption into Heaven according to Catholics or Dormition according to the Orthodox.
Neither the Roman Catholic Church nor the Greek Orthodox Church has never pronounced on the authenticity of the house. Nevertheless several Popes visited the place and it matters something!
You can watch my 3 min 32 sec Video clip Meryemana with Vivaldi – Concerto in Cmaj for two trumpets,
2 min 36 sec Video clip Meryemana Slide-show with Khachaturian – Suite from “Lancy Ball”.
Learn more out of my Meryemana VT page.
Selcuk is considered to be one of the most visited tourist destinations in Turkey because of its closeness to the ancient city of Ephesus and House of the Virgin Mary. Its main sights are the Its original name in Greek was Ayios Theologos. In 1914 it was renamed Selcuk, after the Seljuk Turks who settled in the region in the 12th century.
Like the majority of tourists we used Selcuk as a stopping point after Ephesus and Meryemana We didn’t visit the town itself.
You can watch my 1 min 05 sec Video clip Selcuk Temple of Artemis with Chopin – Etude 3,
1 min 39 sec Video clip Selcuk Temple of Artemis Slide show with Khachaturian – Suite from “Lancy Ball”.
Learn more out of my Selcuk VT page.
Ephesus (Turkish Efes) was a city of ancient Anatolia. During the period known as Classical Greece it was located in Ionia.
Ephesus was one of the seven churches of Asia cited in the Book of Revelation. The Gospel of John might have been written here. It is also the site of a large gladiator graveyard.
The ruins of Ephesus are a favorite international and local tourist attraction. In fact Ephesus contains the largest collection of Roman ruins East of the Mediterranean. Only an estimated 15% has been excavated.
You can watch my 3 min 33 sec Video clip Ephesus Part I with J.Bach – Air From Suite No.3 in R Minor music,
3 min 19 sec Video clip Ephesus Part II with J.Bach – Air on the D String, from Orchestral Suite No.4 music,
2 min 57 sec Video clip Ephesus Part III with Mozart – Allegro From Divertimento in Dmaj music,
2 min 35 sec Video clip Ephesus Part IV with Mozart – Andante from Piano Concerto No.2 in F Major “Elvira Madigan” music,
3 min 09 sec Video clip Ephesus Slide-show Part I with D’Angelo – Autumn Romance music,
2 min 47 sec Video clip Ephesus Slide-show Part II with J/Bach – Canon in Cmaj music,
4 min 19 sec Video clip Ephesus Slide-show Part III with Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto for piccolo in C maj music,
1 min 12 sec Video clip Ephesus's goats with Nalan – Cayir-Cayir Turkish pop music.
Learn more out of my Ephesus VT page.
Izmir also has its Greek name Smyrna. Izmir is almost 3,500 years old. It has more than 3 million people and is Turkey's third most populous city.
Izmir was nearly destroyed by fire in September 1922. Izmir was badly damaged by earthquakes in 1928 and again in 1939.
So it has quite a modern view now without many ancient or medieval sights. May be that’s why tourist groups (like ours) usually make a short stop there before visiting other sites at the Aegean coast of Turkey.
You can watch my 3 min 43 sec Video clip Izmir around by bus with Turkish pop music by Izel – York Yere,
4 min 07 sec Video clip Izmir Konak with Turkish pop music by Kenan Dogulu – Demedi Deme,
4 min 15 sec Video clip Izmir Konak Slide-show with Turkish pop music by Ebru Gundes - Telafi.
Learn more out of my Izmir VT page.
Just in the main city centrum of Konak,a few meters away from the historical clock;you may see thousands of doves flying over the region,waiting your helpful hands to feed them with some wheats. You can buy one cup of wheat from the one of the old ladies who are sitting in the centrum with a cost of $0.5.You may walk and take some nice photos around the streets if you wish.
If you will just walk along the main centrum of konak,you will see a long bazaar with variety of shopping possibilities, distrubuted along a very huge area so called '' Kemeralti bazaar'' in Turkish.It may not be so enjoyable to walk around the region especially during the summer session. But you may find the chance to discover the interesting shopping style of Turkey in this place if you wish.
Most of the good pubs and cafes are located in the city Center. Just a few meter from see. It is a good place to meet new people and have a walk. You can drink your beer (which is also cheap) and see the Izmir Bay.