- Special two hours city tour with solar powered electric three wheeler. The designer of this unique vehicle (me) will be your guide & driver :) You will experience lively İzmir sea side (as we called İzmir Kordon). You will visit historical and social highlights of the city. You will meet a local traveler & entrepreneur who can give you inside information about İzmir, history, politics and culture.
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Special two hours city tour with solar powered electric three wheeler. The designer of this unique vehicle (me) will be your guide & driver :)
You will experience lively İzmir sea side (as we called İzmir Kordon).
You will visit historical and social highlights of the city.
You will meet a local traveler & entrepreneur who can give you inside information about İzmir, history, politics and culture.
Alsancak - Kordon
Our tour starts here!
Alsancak, which is the shopping and entertainment centre of the city, used to be known as Punta. Kordon is the sea side of Alsancak.
Ataturk Museum & Gundogdu Square
To understand İzmir's social culture its good to visit Ataturk's Museum located on Kordon and talk about why İzmir people love him.
This two-storey house was the building where Atatürk used to stay on his visiits to İzmir. The residence was constructed between 1875 and 1880.
Republic Square & Pasaport
You will pass by the 1884 Pasaport Ferryboat Terminal and arrive at Republic Square (Cumhuriyet Meydanı). This square, the site of many large hotels, is a symbol of modern İzmir.
The square contains a large statue of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic. Created by famous Italian sculptor Pietro Canonica in 1932.
You will see various representatice structures along the way.Some examples of the republican architectural style situated here include the Vakıf Bank, Garanti bank, Tourism Directorate, Ziraat Bank, Kardıçalı Han and Stock Exchange buildings.
Old rıhtım and customs buildings were built in 1854, as the first french customs building. It is believed that the architectural desing belongs to the famous French architect Eiffel or his assistant. It remained the Customs building for many years and later became the Customs House for marine products. Known as the Konak Pier, The building has been restored to its orginal state and is being prepared to an entertainment and shopping centre.
Konak Square - Clock Tower
Konak Meydanı (Konak square) is the centre of İzmir city. Due to the presence of such official institutions as the municipal and governorship buildings coupled with a concentration of shopping facilities in this square, it setrves as a meeting and intersecting point for transportation within the city.
Clock Tower was built in 1901 by the Otoman Grand Vizier Küçük Said Paşa to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the coronation of Otoman Sultan Abdülhamit II. The tower is 25 meters in height and has fountains on each of its four corners. The clock in the tower was a gift from German kaiser Wilhelm II.
The governer house, which is used today as the state building, was built between the years 1868-1872. It was later destroyed by fire in 1970 and restored to its orginal state in 1971.
Last stop: Kemeraltı
Kemeraltı is Turkey’s largest and İzmir’s most colourful and lively bazaar. This bazaar, which contains many historical houses, mosques, synagogues and hans (inns), has been the heart of İzmir’s commercial and businness life for 2,500 years and in this context is unique in the world. The Kemeraltı Bazaar is currently the most important shopping and residential district of the city.
Alongside the mysterious old vaulted and domed shops, modern business centres, shopping complexes, cinemas end cafés make Kemeraltı a site that caters to all shopping tastes.
In Kemeraltı it is possible to find various types of traditional Turkish handicrafts, including ceramics and ceramic panels, copper and zinc alloys, wooen products, carpets, kilims and leather products. The traditional Turkish arts of carpentry, copper work and blacksmithing on the streets of Kemeraltı.
This historical bazaar, offering readymade clothing shops, shoe shops and cobblers, souvenir and gift shops, restaurants, bookstores, second-hand bookshops, jewellery shops, spice dealers, fishmongers, florist shops, sweet shops and sweets makers, fruit shops and pet stores, will take you at least two hours to browse.However, if you really want to have a good look around, we encourage you to take at least one entire day to sightsee in this bazaar.
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