Izmir (about 3.5 million inhabitants) is located on the Turkish Aegean Sea and is the third largest city in Turkey after Istanbul and Ankara. It was founded as early as 3000 BC, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. In ancient times, the city bore the Greek name Smyrna. The Turks affectionately call Izmir the “pearl of the Aegean”.
Izmir is the second largest port in Turkey after Istanbul.
The international airport (Adnan Menderes Airport Izmir) is located about 18 km south of the city. In addition to numerous museums, Izmir also has a state theater and the State Opera with a famous orchestra. With this, the city shows that it also plays culturally in the first league.
In order to underline its importance, Izmir had applied as a venue for the Expo 2015. However, the contract was awarded to Milan at that time.
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