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The Agora of Izmir - recent excavations now possible

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The Agora of Izmir - recent excavations now possible

Located in the Namazgah district of İzmir, the Agora is built in Roman times (2nd century AD) and was built three floors high near the center of the city called Smyrna according to the Roman city plan of Hippodamos.

Metro Izmir - ancient artifacts in Çankaya

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Metro Izmir - ancient artifacts in the station Çankaya

Whoever has been driving through Izmir in certain years has certainly noticed the worsening traffic conditions in the growing Aegean metropolis. Since the beginning of the 1980s individual traffic on İzmir's roads has increased steadily.

Menemen - city on the road between Izmir and Çanakkale

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Menemen - city on the road between Izmir and Çanakkale

On the way to Çanakkale, we had passed the previously unknown place Menemen several times before already, which seemed neither to be particularly inviting as a modern town along the main road nor showing any special features.

Story of an Alternative Life on the Camping Site

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Story of an Alternative Life on the Camping Site

Last spring, before we began our travel, we stopped over at the Guzelbahce camping site in Izmir and met Duygu. When we dropped by the same camping site again, we looked around for her and she was there! How nice : ) Now, Duygu is our neighbor in the camping site.

Didem, Hasip and Gizem – paragliding pilots

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Didem Irmak, Hasip Özhan and Gizem Ayhan – paragliding pilots from Izmir

We met Didem Irmak, Hasip Özhan and Gizem Ayhan during our preparations for the XC Paragliding Competition in Mut. They needed to travel a long distance from Izmir to arrive in Mut just for the weekend.

İzmir Airport - Adnan Menderes

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İzmir Adnan Menderes International Airport (IATA: ADB, ICAO: LTBJ) is an airport serving İzmir and is named after the Turkish politician and former prime minister Adnan Menderes. İzmir's main airport is 18 km (11 miles) southof the city on the way to Selçuk, Ephesus and Pamukkale.

The Great Fighters of Selcuk / Turkey

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Every year there is a well known event near Selcuk / Izmir when the camel fighting championships take place. There is a two-day carnival in the town during which many male camels fight for trophies, money and the honour of being the best in the competition. 

Why the Roman spa town of Allianoi must be saved

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Why the Roman spa town of Allianoi must be saved

The most recent reports from Turkey about the Roman spa complex of Allianoi, sent by the local Allianoi Initiative led by the archaeologist professor Ahmet Yaras, says that now only the tops of excavated walls and columns poke through sand that workers employed by the Turkish State Waterworks are laying.

2,000-year-old Roman-era harbour revived in Limantepe

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Roman-era harbour revived in Limantepe Urla

The town of Limantepe, on Turkey's western coast is the site a prehistoric (Bronze Age) settlement that includes an ancient port dating from 2500 years located underwater offshore. The area is situated in the urban zone of the coastal town of Urla near İzmir.

Archaeologists discover a late antique barroom in Ephesus

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Archaeologists discover a late antique barroom in Ephesus

The former metropolis Ephesus was located in a valley between two mountain ridges, whose slopes today are still without firming forests because of the once densely constructions, so the ridges are still in motion.

Wildlife Park in Izmir - newly opened!

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Wild Park in Izmir

It was a quick decision during our stay in Izmir to take a day off for visiting to the new opened İzmir Wildlife Park.

The Clock Tower • Izmir's Landmark at Konak

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The Clock Tower • Izmir's Landmark

The Clock Tower (Saat Kulesi) İzmir’s landmark today was built by a Levantine French architect Raymond Charles Pere in 1901 to commemorate 25th anniversary of Ottoman sultan Abdul Hamid II's accession to the throne.

Pergamon

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Pergamon

In ancient times Pergamon was a famous city centre because of it’s well known and huge library. Today you can just visit the ruins of Pergamon (the name today is Bergama), most visible place in the town is the former Acropolis (mountain with castle), the former city centre and the Asklepieion. These sights belong to the ancient Pergamon.

One afternoon in Sirince...

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One afternoon in Sirince...

Sirince is a small Aegean village visited by many people because it preserves its historical architecture. It became famous as being the location where the story of the novel called “Farewell Anatolia” takes place. The novel was written by Greek author Dido Satiriou.

Izmir Historico-Cultural

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Izmir Historico-Cultural

Izmir, the third largest city in Turkey, is described as the pearl of the Aegean. It is a major port and commercial centre set dramatically around a huge bay and backed by mountains to the south.

Izmir - the Pearl of Aegean

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Izmir - the Pearl of Aegean

A very big town with the welcoming atmosphere of a village. We stayed out of town in a suburb called Buca in the apartment of our Turkish friend's mother. Everybody was very friendly and we experienced the genuine Turkish way of life, with mealtimes especially being a real family occasion.

Gaziemir - developing suburb of Izmir

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Gaziemir - developing suburb of Izmir

Gaziemir is a district of İzmir Province in the Aegean region of Turkey. It is one of the metropolitan districts of Greater İzmir and is situated to the south of central İzmir (Konak) on the road to the İzmir harbour, İzmir Adnan Menderes International Airport and the export processing industrial park of Aegean Free Zone; which is also home to the fourth space camp in the world, Space Camp Turkey.

Birdwatching in Sasali

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Birdwatching in Sasali

Turkey is one of the richest countries in wetlands among the countries in Europe and the Middle East. These wetlands have great importance especially for wildlife as well as local economy.

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