With a history dating back 8,500 years, Izmir was home to many great civilizations, including the Hittites, the Romans, the Byzantines and the Ottomans.
The port city of Izmir offers a myriad of historical structures and artifacts. It features countless treasures, including the Temple of Artemis, one of the world’s Seven Wonders, and the House of Virgin Mary.
Izmir has been under the Ottoman rule for nearly 500 years, serving as a gateway to the outside world with its port. The antique port of Izmir welcomed tradesmen from all over the world.
Subsequently, the city has transformed into a multi-cultural open-air museum that celebrates the diverse cultures that have converged and exchanged ideas.
Significant works that reflect Izmir’s historical make-up include the Antique City of Ephesus, the Antique City of Allianoi, Agia Fotini Church, Kemeraltı Bazaar, and the Historical Elevator.