İzmir is something like a "little" version of İstanbul, but in a way it's hipper and trendier. In any case, the two cities have a lot in common: They both are ports in the Western part of the country and both have a long and rich history and they both used to be known for many years under different names: İstanbul was Constantinople, while İzmir was called Smyrna - a city mentioned in the Bible. This fact gives you some idea of the cultural significance İzmir has had throughout the ages.
İzmir is Turkey's third biggest city after İstanbul and Ankara. Among these three, it is the one with the most Mediterranean-like climate.
İzmir is equipped with an international airport, which is an important economic factor, as trade with the European Union is one of the major business activities in the city, with promising future prospects.
Ironically, for such an ancient city, İzmir's trademark symbol is the harbour watch tower, which was erected relatively recently: in 1901. In a way, this fits: İzmir is all about time. It's an example of a city where the past, the present and the future meet.
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