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Throughout the history very few cities have been mentioned along with the adjective “Beautiful”. The infinite beauty that nature adored zmir with, have appealed civilizations to her for 8500 years. The city had always been the shining star of commerce, culture, arts, architecture, philosophy and health in Mediterranean as a result of all civilizations that she has hosted.
Fascinating the world with her bright star shine coming from the Mediterranean, izmir has always been the place in which different religions and ethnicities have lived together in harmony under the Aegean Sun.
The harmony of different religions and ethnicities under the Sun which have endured for hundreds of years reminds the one a “symphony”. This symphony that all the instruments are played in consonance is the “Symphony of Beauty”. Tolerance is the maestro that saves the consonance of this symphony which anyone who sees or listens to it is amazed.
Now the land of the everlasting Symphony of Beauty, claims to put a new major contribution to human civilization. izmir is the official candidate to EXPO 2015 with the theme “New Routes to a Better World- Health for All” Beautiful izmir calls you for to listen to the everlasting symphony of beauty, and to discover the new ways of a better and healthier world.
As in the whole Anatolia, the history has been enriched in the cradle of the Aegean Region izmir too with various societies, wars, religions and cultures, filtered through the travel in time and left traces at each point of the soil… The mild climate of the region, the fertile lands and the charming people compose a whole which is a chance granted to very few regions on the world! The greatest poet of the world history Homeros lived in ‹zmir, parchment paper which is one of the most important inventions of the world has been produced in Pergamon, the first city plan of the history has been implemented in izmir , the psychiatry has been initiated by the physician Galenos in Pergamon, the overseas trade has been launched by the inhabitants of Foça, one of the Seven Wonders of the universe has been built in Selçuk, 3 of the 7 churches considered as the cornerstones of the Christianity have been constructed in izmir…
Such a travel from Pergamon to Ephesus means a breathless rush, an exciting adventure and an amazing course…
You will caress the snow white columns of Pergamon, you will breathe in Kozak, you will be astonished by the rocks of Foça. You will feel melancholic at the sunsets of Çeflme, you will struggle with the windmills of Alaçat›, you will be hosted by the Ottoman in Birgi, you will refresh your faith in Selçuk and you will caress the wall paintings in Ephesus.
The deep blue Aegean Sea mixed with the traces of the history will embrace you… As far as you travel to the interior of Anatolia, you will feel the dazzling scent of the cultures accumulated for many centuries. And especially at the center of izmir where the steady summer south wind breezes… The gulls flying graciously in Kordonboyu, boats’ whistles at the Bay, Time at Clock Tower… This travel joined with the irresistible delights of the Aegean Region will offer unforgettable memories…