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Izmir Downtown (Self Guided), Izmir

Izmir is a big city and popular among tourists not only for that fact, but also because the region has an important historical significance. The history of Izmir dates back more then 3500 years and offers numerous famous landmarks, important religious sights, shopping venues and entertainment options - some of which are located in downtown Izmir.
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Izmir Downtown Map

Guide Name: Izmir Downtown
Guide Location: Turkey » Izmir (See other walking tours in Izmir)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles
Author: alice
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • St. John's Anglican Church
  • Izmir Gündoğdu Meydanı
  • Alsancak Hocazade Camii
  • Kulturpark
  • Çorakkapı Camisi
  • Hatuniye Camisi
  • Agora
  • Kadifekale
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St. John's Anglican Church

1) St. John's Anglican Church

The Anglican Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist, also known simply as St. John's, is located in Izmir. The present site was bought specifically for the purpose of building a church, after the British Consulate was rebuilt without provision for a place of worship. The building was built with money raised by local people. The foundation stone was laid in November 1898 and the church was completed in 1899.

The church seats about 150 people. The baptismal font is traditionally placed near the main entrance to the church to symbolise the fact that it is by baptism Anglicans become members of the Church of Christ. The font is in the shape of a shell, an ancient Christian symbol of pilgrimage. The east window can be seen on entering the church with a traditional depiction of the crucifixion of Jesus, with his mother Mary on his right and St. John on his left. Amongst the other items within the church inventory are a pair of crosses laid on the altar table whose style suggests origins of Russia and Ethiopia respectively.

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Izmir Gündoğdu Meydanı

2) Izmir Gündoğdu Meydanı (must see)

Izmir Gündoğdu Meydanı is a very important square in Izmir. It is located within the Alsancak district and consequently many of the city events, concerts, rallies and other public celebrations are held at the venue. It is also a very beautiful place on the bank of the sea.
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Alsancak Hocazade Camii

3) Alsancak Hocazade Camii (must see)

Alsancak Hocazade Camii is located in Alsancak and is a very beautiful and popular mosque. The Alsancak Hocazade Camii was built in 1950 and is a white structure with an amazing blue painted dome. The mosque also features a beautiful round minaret with two balconies.
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Kulturpark

4) Kulturpark (must see)

Kulturpark is a very popular and important tourist attraction, but is also heavily regarded among the locals. The park is very large and contains beautiful views of plants and flowers. Kulturpark also provides a museum, the Atatürk Open-Air Theatre, İsmet İnönü Art Centre, zoo as well as an area for children's entertainment.
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Çorakkapı Camisi

5) Çorakkapı Camisi

Çorakkapı Camisi is a very popular and busy mosque. It is located on Anafartalar street. The mosque is believed to be built in 1747. It was constructed in stone with a beautiful octagonal dome in the center as well as three separate domes. Çorakkapı Camisi also features arched windows, a marble pulpit and single minaret.
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Hatuniye Camisi

6) Hatuniye Camisi

Hatuniye Camisi is also located on Anafartalar street. It was built by Hacı Hüseyin Babes Tayyibe for his wife in 1739. The mosque has a big dome supported by three smaller domes. The pulpit of the mosque is done in wood and decorated with geometric motifs. Last but not least, Hatuniye Camisi offers a single minaret with a balcony.
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Agora

7) Agora (must see)

Situated on the northern slopes of the Pagos hills, Agora was the commercial, judicial and political nucleus of the ancient city and is now the center for artistic activities and for teaching. Izmir Agora Open Air Museum consists of five parts, including the agora area, the base of the northern basilica gate, the stoa and the ancient shopping centre. The agora of Smyrna was built during the Hellenistic era. After a destructive earthquake in 178 AD, Smyrna was rebuilt in the Roman period, according to an urban plan drawn by Hippodamos. It was constructed on a sloping terrain in three floors, close to the city center. The terrain is 165 m wide and 200 m long. It is bordered on all sides by porticos. Because a Byzantine and later an Ottoman cemetery were located over the ruins of the agora, it was preserved from modern constructions. This agora is now the largest and the best preserved among Ionian agoras.

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Kadifekale

8) Kadifekale (must see)

Kadifekale (literally "the velvet castle" in Turkish) is the name of the hill located within the urban zone of Izmir, Turkey, as well as being the name of the ancient castle on top of the same hill. Both the hill and the castle were named Pagos (Pagus under the Roman Empire) in pre-Turkish times. The summit where the castle is found is located at a distance of about 2 km from the shoreline and commands a general view of a large part of the city of Izmir, as well as of the Gulf of Izmir. Administratively, the hill area covers six quarters constituted by slums in their large part, one named Kadifekale like the hill, and others Alireis, Altay, İmariye, Kosova and Yenimahalle. In 2007, the metropolitan municipality of Izmir started renovation and restoration works in Kadifekale.

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Walking Tours in Izmir, Turkey

Create Your Own Walk in Izmir

Create Your Own Walk in Izmir

Creating your own self-guided walk in Izmir is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Izmir Museums

Izmir Museums

Izmir is an old port city in Turkey as well as one of the largest and most popular cities in all of the country. Izmir provides a very long and in-depth history, beginning with ancient times and continuing until the present day. Consequently, the city is home to numerous museums of interest.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.1 Km or 3.8 Miles
Izmir Religious Sights

Izmir Religious Sights

Izmir has a phenomenal history of 3500 years full of events, people and culture. However, quite possibly the greatest historical sights in the city are found in the famous mosques. Most of these mosques are old and especially beautiful as architectural structures. Thus, while in Izmir you should take some time out of your schedule to visit these sacred religious structures.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Izmir Shopping

Izmir Shopping

Izmir is an amazing city for those who enjoy shopping. Why? The city offers all of the traditional opportunities for shopping as well as specific bargain locales and open markets. If you love to shop for highly sacred items, than you will especially love the jewelry shops and/or the traditional Turkish carpets and rugs.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
Izmir Introduction Walk

Izmir Introduction Walk

Izmir, back in the ancient times known as Smyrna, has changed many hands – Greek and Roman – prior to becoming part of Turkey. As a major city port on the Aegean coast, Izmir has seen a lot throughout its history, much of which has found reflection in the local sights. The most prominent of them is, undoubtedly, the open-air museum Agora. To explore this and other attractions of Izmir, follow...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 Km or 3.7 Miles
Izmir - Karataş Neighborhood

Izmir - Karataş Neighborhood

Izmir is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Turkey. This is widely due to the number of attractions as well as the diversity of the city. Karataş is an especially popular neighborhood in Izmir and one that provides several outlets near the waterfront as well as close to the downtown.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 Km or 2.8 Miles