Izmir Vacations & Travel Packages!
A metropolitan city in the western extremity of Anatolia and the third most populous city in Turkey, Izmir is one of the most westernized cities in the country. The city is garlanded around the beautiful Bay of Izmir and has been a significant Aegean port since ancient times. The fascinating and affluent heritage of the city reflects the fact that it has been the home of Greeks, Turks, Jews, Armenians, and Levantines. Izmir is home to a plethora of compelling attractions including bazaar, impressive museum, and a laidback local lifestyle.
Places of Interest in Izmir
Izmir Ethnography Museum
Located within the former site of St Roche Hospital, Izmir Ethnography Museum boasts some interesting artifacts related to the Seljuk era of Turkish History. These artifacts explore everything from weaponry and camel wrestling to embroidery and jewelry. Visitors can explore photographs, dioramas, and various examples of local arts clothing, customs, and crafts, showcasing Izmir's historical lifestyle.
St John’s Basilica
Allowing tourists to have a glimpse into the history of this ancient site, St John’s Basilica was built by Byzantine Emperor Justinian in the sixth century. The basilica is located around 2 miles from the ancient ruins of Ephesus. It is said that the church sits on the burial grounds of John the Apostle and was constructed in the shape of a cross.
Izmir Archaeology Museum
Located next to Ethnography Museum, Izmir Archaeology Museum boasts rich and assorted artifacts derived from the Bronze Age, and from the Roman and Greek eras. It is a vast museum featuring various exhibition halls that are arranged across different floors, incorporating conference halls and libraries. There are around 1500 artifacts on display here at the museum.