The Izmir province is in western Turkey, bathed by the Aegean Sea and bordered by the provinces of Manisa (east), Aydın (south) and Balıkesir (north). The capital city with the same name, Izmir, is a lively and attractive city along the Gulf of Izmir. It is famed for its delightful wide promenade (kordon), significant landmarks as this ancient city had diverse cultural influences throughout its history including Persians, Romans, Greeks and Byzantines. Historic attractions in this province include the Basilica of St. John from the 6th century, which is believed to stand over the burial site of John the Apostle, in the town of Ephesus. The seaside towns in Izmir Province are great travel destinations such as Çeşme with warm thermal springs and sandy beaches.
Population: over 4.2 million inhabitants
Other urban areas: Bergama, Bornova district, Çeşme, Ephesus, Foça, Kemalpaşa, Selçuk, Seferihisar, Smyrna, Urla
Main attractions: Smyrna Agora (ruins, open-air museum), Library of Celsus (ancient Roman building), Temple of Artemis (Ancient Greek temple), Asansör (historic tower), Church of St. Polycarp, Hisar Mosque, Yalı Mosque, Çeşme Castle, Kadifekale Castle, Velvet Castle, Kemeraltı Market, Kızlarağası Hanı Market, Kordon promenade, Museum of History and Art, Izmir Archaeology Museum, Mount Spil, House of the Virgin Mary (Catholic, Muslim shrine), Basilica of St. John, Pergamon Altar, Izmir Clock Tower, Claros (ruin), Karagöl-Sahara National Park, beaches, Izmir Natural Life Park
Nearest Airports: Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport (ADB - Adnan Menderes Havalimanı)
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