Museum, The Painting and Sculpture Museum
Izmir is the main city in the Aegean region and the
third largest in Turkey. Its ideal location, on a natural
bay, enabled the development of a large port which has
contributed to the successful development of Izmir.
This is one of Turkey's most pleasant cities: its streets
are shaded by palm trees, the walkways are beautiful,
the houses elegant. The most summer sun is cooled by
winds blowing in from the sea. Izmir is the ancient
city of Smyrna, "the country of the sacred mother".
It existed even before the arrival of the Hittites
and has been ruled by lonians, Persians, Romans and
Ottomans. But unfortunately few traces of Izmir's magnificent
past remain. A fire at the end of the Turkish-Greek
war in 1922 destroyed a great part of the city, and
the newly built Izmir today is modern and gleaming.
Its economic development is linked to the port and the
various industrial enterprises.
The final destination of the "King's Road",
which links with Iran, Izmir continues to be a focal
point of tourism and entertainment, renowned for its
fish restaurants along the shore, its bars, discotheques
and night clubs. Its hinterlands are rich in monuments
and ruins which tell the tale of countless ancient civilizations.