İzmir, the third biggest city of Türkiye, is a modern and well-developed city as well as an important culture, art, tourism and trade centre. The Aegean Sea, dancing with all shades of turquoise, lies elegantly like a lacework along the western shore of the region with its bays and beaches.
Having a history of 8500 years, İzmir, also called “Beautiful İzmir”, lies at the coast of a long and narrow gulf on the West of the Anatolian Peninsula. Herodotus, the famous historian of ancient times, describes the city with its Mediterranean climate in these words: “They established their city under the most supreme dome of the sky and the best climate in the world.”
Ephesus, located on the South of İzmir and Pergamon on the North, were two of the Ancient Era’s biggest and most famous cities. Containing all the richness of the Ionian culture, these cities had a deep influence with their intense cultural, artistic, commercial and religious activities.
Ephesus and Pergamon ancient cities are still well known all over the world and they are mesmerizing attraction centres for those who like to indulge in history.
Homer, the master of poets was born in İzmir and the city is a mixture of the Aegean region’s colourful past and Anatolia’s fast-changing history. As a modern city having turned its face to the Western civilization, İzmir maintains its development in terms of culture, art, trade and industry.