Izmir (former Smyrna) is a major port and the 3rd most populous city in Turkey, following Istanbul and Ankara. It has a metropolitan area of 7,340.00 km2 (2,833.99 ml2) and a population of 2,847,690 people (2014 census).
Izmir is set on a sheltered gulf of Aegean Sea, surrounded by mountains on all sides and with a stunning setting. However, it's a busy modern industrial and commercial city with tree lined central boulevards. Often starting or finishing point for voyages, it's also used as the gateway to ancient sites of Ephesus, one of the ancient world's biggest and most important religious and archaeological sites, and Sardis, an ancient city of Asia Minor.
There is a good Archaelogical Museum in Izmir that has a unique collection of finds from the area. The bazaar in Izmir is second only to that in Istanbul. Outside the city tourists can visit the Cesme Peninsula which has some nice villages and beaches while Kucuk Menderes River valley features some lovely old towns.
Smyrna (Izmir) was established in the 11th century BC by the Aeolians. It was seized by the Ionians before 688 BC. In the 7th century BC, Izmir was devastated by the Lydians and in the 4th century BC restored by the Macedonians and later conquered by the Romans. The city was part of the Byzantine Empire during the 4th century AD, and from the 11th to 14th century was ruled alternately by the Turks and Byzantines until in 1415 it became part of the Ottoman Empire. After World War I the Greeks claimed Izmir, but, in 1922, they were driven out by the Turkish forces and 70% of the town was burned to the ground and many were killed. Izmir was later completely rebuilt.
Trade through the port of Izmir had a key importance for the economy of Ottoman Empire at the beginning of 19th century. The economic foundations of the first decades of the Republican era in Turkey were also laid in the city with İzmir Economic Congress.
The city of Izmir prides itself with a busy schedule of exhibitions, congresses and trade fairs. The festival and the fair are held in the compound of the vast inner city park of Izmir named Kültürpark during the first days of September. It is organized by İZFAS, depending company of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality.
The International Izmir Festival is held annually and has been organized since 1987. It begins in mid-June and lasts until mid-July. During the festival, world-class performers, including orchestras, soloists and virtuosi, dance companies, jazz and rock groups have given performances and recitals at various venues in Izmir and its surrounding areas, such as the ancient theatres at Ephesus and Metropolis (ancient Ionian city close to the town of Torbalı.)
The Izmir cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Izmir, Turkey.
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Port Izmir cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Izmir, Turkey. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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