3D Time Travel through the 8500-year history of İzmir

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Clock Tower

The tower was built by French architect Raymond Charles Péré in 1901 in honor of the 25th anniversary of Sultan Abdulhamid II’s coronation. The contemporary İzmir newspapers including Ahenk and Hizmet followed the construction of the clock tower and informed their readers. The three-story Orientalist style building, reaching 25 meters in height, is striking with its horseshoe-shaped arches and lace-like decorations on all facades. It has been the symbol of İzmir since its inauguration in 1901.

İzmir Saat Kulesi

We wind back the clock...

The İzmir Development Agency carries out various projects to research, promote, and revive the historical and cultural heritage of İzmir with a view to contribute in the comprehensive development of the city.

In the same vein, the İzmir Time Machine project was launched in 2020 and set off with a focus on the archaeological and historical heritage of İzmir city center. The project united academicians, researchers, game and web developers, and three-dimensional modeling specialists on a mission to revive the ruined or lost historical heritage in the digital environment.

İzmir Time Machine Historical Buildings of İzmir

İzmir Cultural Heritage Sites

İzmir harbors numerous cultural heritage sites dating back to a range of eras, as it is one of the few cities in the world to have witnessed continuous human activity since the Neolithic Age.

6500 BCE

YEŞİLOVA HÖYÜK

600 BCE

OLD SMYRNA HÖYÜK

CE 200

THE ANCIENT CITY OF SMYRNA

1750

KEMERALTI

1910

QUAY

İZMİR TIME MACHINE

6500 BCE - CE 1910

Yeşilova Höyüğü

6500 BCE

YEŞİLOVA HÖYÜK

Located in the Bornova district of İzmir, Yeşilova Höyük is a neolithic settlement dating back 8,500 years. Along with the nearby Yassıtepe and Ipeklikuyu Höyük, Yeşilova Höyük reflects the prehistoric life in İzmir.

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Eski Smyrna Höyüğü

600 BCE

OLD SMYRNA HÖYÜK

The earliest settlement in the Old Smyrna Höyük dates back to the Early Bronze Age, shifting into a Greek colony in about 1000 BCE. Located in the modern Bayraklı district, The Old Smyrna Höyük is one of the key pieces understanding ancient history and the development of archaeology in Turkey.

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Smyrna Antik Kenti

CE 200

THE ANCIENT CITY OF SMYRNA

The Ancient City of Smyrna was moved to modern Konak from Bayraklı during the Hellenistic Period (4th century BCE) and flourished throughout centuries to become a flagship city of the Roman Empire in Anatolia, along with Ephesus. The natural harbor and surrounding fertile lands ensured its presence as a significant port city until the end of the Late Antiquity.

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Kemeraltı

1750

KEMERALTI

Once a town of 5,000 people in the 15th century, İzmir went through a period of rapid development beginning in the 16th century. The inner harbor had flourished as a port since the Roman Period and the surrounding commercial area evolved into modern Kemeraltı, one of the largest open-air bazaars in the world.

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Kordon

1910

QUAY

By the 18th and 19th centuries, İzmir reestablished its presence as a massive port city and the subsequent increase in commercial activities required a modern port. Currently called “Kordon”, the new port of İzmir was constructed in the 1870s and entirely changed the pre-Republic facade of İzmir.

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Future Planning

Once through with the city center, the İzmir Time Machine project will continue with the digitalization of the rich archaeological and historical heritage of the city and promote it to visitors through advanced technology. Both located in İzmir province, the two ancient cities (Ephesus and Pergamon) included in the UNESCO World Heritage List are the initial two sites scheduled in the future for the İzmir Time Machine Project.

Future Projects