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Konak Izmir

Konak Izmir
Konak is one of nine Greater Metropolitan areas in the centre of Izmir city, has the largest population and extends 11.4km along the southern coastline on the tip of the Gulf of Izmir.
Konak has good transport connections with a dense network of roads, railroads, metro-subway line, and a ferry service to  Karsiyaka . It is also an active hub for industry, trade, commerce and services with over 60,000 companies with exports earning billions of dollars every year.

Borders of Konak

Apart from its city location it also extends into a large rural area of mountains and forests, has two isolated villages, and borders Bornova on the east, Balcova on the west and Buca and Gaziemir to the south.

Places of Interest

 Konak is also home to the Kemeralti and Cankaya market (bazaar) which stretches over a warren of streets and offers just about anything you could want to buy, and is also home to the Jewish quarter of Karatas , marked by the Asansör Building and the Göztepe football team which are just along its coastline.

Konak
represents the administrative nerve centre for the city and the Izmir Province as it has all the important governmental and administrative buildings, main commercial areas and many private corporation headquarters.

Konak’s History

The central areas of Konak Square and Kemeralti were formed in the 17th century when the shallow inner bay of Izmir was filled, and the shoreline took its present form by the end of the 18th century although some of the land remained unused till the mid-19th century. In 1829 the enormous Sarı Kışla (Yellow Casern) and main Ottoman military barracks was erected on the shoreline, and a private residence (konak) that was behind the casern was extended and converted into the governor's mansion thus demarcating Konak Square, and from where its name derives and which in its turn passed to the district’s name, and from where Kemeraltı is considered to start.
In 1955 the Turkish Prime Minister Adnan Menderes wanted to reshape Konak Square and gave instructions for the Yellow Casern to be demolished, something that the people of Izmir have continued to regret as they had adopted the huge building as one of their main landmarks although Konak Square does remain as one of the city’s best symbols.

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