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Located in the west of Turkey and on the Aegean shores, İzmir, the pearl of the Aegean, is the third largest city in Turkey.

With its 8.500 year history, Izmir attracts  millions of tourists for beautiful beaches and cultural tours

The Greek name for this formerly Greek city is Smyrna.

Izmir has one of the biggest seaports in the Aegean Sea region and all of Turkey.

Homer (Homeros) was born in Izmir on the west coast of Turkey and he depicted Troy, which is north of Izmir, in his Epic the Iliad.

One of the seven wonders, The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus (today only base ruins remained in Selcuk, Izmir).

The Virgin Mary spent her last days in Selcuk, İzmir, near the ancient city of Ephesus.

Special thanks to MEA  for inviting me on this trip and attending MEA Digital Event. It was an opportunity for me to visit the vibrant city of Izmir, historical Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary, beautiful village of Sirince, and finally Alacati Herb Festival.