OF HISTORY, SCIENCE, CULTURE AND SHIPPING
Izmir is situated on the Aegean coast of Anatolia. The
city which has been a major port since 200 BC, is now a center of
tourism, industry and commerce of the western part of Turkey.
history dating back to the first half of the 3rd Millenium BC, the city
is one of the oldest settlements of the Aegean coastline. It has been
inhabited by numerous civilizations such as Hittites, Ionians, Lydians,
Romans, early Christians, and the Selcuk Turks until the entrance of
Ottomans. Also known as the hometown of Homer (9th century BC),
metropolitan Izmir offers a variety of historical attractions including
the Roman Agora, Ottoman mosques, the Agamemnon thermal springs, and the
Archeological Museum with a marvelous collection of antiquities.
historical sites such as Ephesus, Pergamon, Sardis, Teos, Miletus,
Didyma, Aphrodisias and Troya are within a few hours’ drive to Izmir.
Three of the "Seven Churches" which were mentioned in Bible are in Izmir.
One of the Seven Wonders of the antiquity, Temple of Artemis (800 BC) is
at Ephesus. The Phokaians (now “Foca” which is located just 60 km. to
the north of Izmir) built 50-oared boats (600 BC) carrying 500
passengers. St. John wrote the Bible at Ephesus and died there.
Izmir, this old culture and
port city will be glad to host the IMLA 2008 Conference participants to
enjoy all these and more
information of Izmir