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Region:  Transcontinental country,
located mostly on Anatolia in Western Asia
and on East Thrace in Southeastern Europe.
Area Total: 783,562 km2
Coast Line: Black Sea, The Sea of Marmara, Aegean Sea, Mediterranean Sea
Capital: ANKARA 
House of the Virgin Mary
Statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The House of the Virgin Mary (Turkish: Meryem ana or Meryem Ana Evi, “Mother Mary’s House”) is a Catholic and Muslim shrine
located on Mt. Koressos (Turkish: Bülbüldağı, “Mount Nightingale”) in the vicinity of Ephesus, 7 kilometres from Selçuk in Turkey.
The House of the Virgin Mary
The House of the Virgin Mary – interior, Selçuk, Izmir
Statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The wishing wall, believed by some pilgrims to be miraculous.
Christian religious items for sale outside the House of the Virgin Mary.
Sirince, Selçuk, Izmir
Şirince  is a village of 600 inhabitants in Izmir Province, Turkey, located about 6 kilometres east of the town Selçuk. Şirince was settled when Ephesus was abandoned in the 15th century but most of what one sees today dates from the 19th century. There is a story that the village was settled by freed Greek slaves who named the village Çirkince (meaning “Ugly” in Turkish) to deter others from following them. The village’s name was changed to Şirince (meaning “Pleasant”) in 1926 by the governor of Izmir Province.
Handworks for tourists
Bazaar of Sirince
Dried red peppers for winter
Pillow covers
Magnets for Şirince
Izmir
Izmir  is a large metropolis in the western extremity of Anatolia and the third most populous city in Turkey. Izmir’s metropolitan area extends along the outlying waters of the Gulf of İzmir and inland to the north across Gediz River’s delta, to the east along an alluvial plain created by several small streams and to a slightly more rugged terrain in the south. The ancient city was known as Smyrna, and the city was generally referred to as Smyrna in English, until the Turkish Postal Service Law of 28 March 1930 made “Izmir” the internationally recognized name.
Izmir
Izmir
Clock Tower, Konak Square, Izmir
The clock tower was designed by the Levantine French architect Raymond Charles Père and built in 1901 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Abdülhamid II’s accession to the throne (reigned 1876–1909).
The clock itself was a gift from German Emperor Wilhelm II (reigned 1888–1918). It is decorated in an elaborate Ottoman architecture style.
Clock Tower
Asansör
Asansör (Turkish for “elevator”, derived from the French word ascenseur) is a historical building in Izmir’s Karataş quarter, within the boundaries of the metropolitan district of Konak.
It was built in 1907 as a work of public service by a wealthy Jewish banker and trader of that period, Nesim Levi Bayraklıoglu,
in order to ease passage from the narrow coastline of Karataş to the hillside, the elevator within the building serving to carry people and goods through the steep cliff between the two parts of the quarter.
Asansör
Izmir Municipality’s urban ferry services in the Gulf of Izmir.
Phaeton
Kemeralti Bazaar
Pasaport Quay
Mavişehir, Karşıyaka, Izmir
World Peace Monument, Karşıyaka, Izmir
Woman weaving carpet bags
NP in Izmir
Tea man
Fishing in Izmir gulf
Tuzla, Izmir
Dario Moreno Street
Darío Moreno (3 April 1921 – 1 December 1968) was a Turkish polyglot singer, as well as an accomplished composer, lyricist and guitarist who attained fame and made a remarkable career centered in France which also included films, during the 1950s and the 1960s. He became famous with his song Brigitte Bardot in 1961.
His real name was David Arugete and he was born to a large Jewish family. He started singing in the Bar Mitzva feasts as a secondary occupation. In his early twenties, he had already become a well-known singer in Izmir, and particularly among the Jewish community. During his military service in the Turkish Army, he was employed as a singer in officers’ quarters in various garrisons and became more focused on music.
Asansör street is named Dario Moreno Street today in his memory. Darío Moreno died of a heart attack in a taxi while going to the airport in Istanbul on 1 December 1968. He was only 47. He was buried in Holon, Israel, by his mother Madam Roza.

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