Photographs of Izmir

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The Clock Tower

Izmir is Turkey's third largest city after Istanbul and Ankara and second most important port. It is a city of palm-lined promenades, avenues and green parks set in sweeping curves along a circular bay. It is also a busy commercial and industrial centre as well as the gateway to the Aegean Region.
Izmir, where various civilisations flourished, acquired her name from an Amazon queen called Smyrna and was mentioned by famous historian Heredotus as "the city under the most sublime blue sky and on the remarkable climate". Just to the south are the archeological sights of Ephesus, Priene, Miletus and Didyma.

The Salepcioglu Mosque



The promenade
The view towards the Velvet Palace