Smyrna Ancient City Izmir
Old SmyrnaOld Smyrna was the original settlement established around the 11th century BC, first as an Aeolian settlement and then taken over and developed by Ionians during the Archaic Period and the new Smyrna was moved into the old one around the 4th century BC. The old Smyrna was on a small peninsula connected to the mainland by a narrow strip of land at the north-eastern corner of the inner Gulf of Izmir, located on the borders of a fertile plain at the foot of Mount Yamanlar where the earlier Anatolian settlement had commanded the gulf.
New SmyrnaAt the same time new Smyrna was developing on the slopes of Mount Pagos (Kadifekale) and alongside the coastal strait directly below where, in the 18th century, a small bay had existed.
Izmir Agora Open Air MuseumThe Bayraklı Höyüğü archaeological site is approximately 700m inland in the Tepekule neighbourhood of Bayrakli . At the site the centre of late Hellenistic and early Roman Smyrna today forms the large area of the İzmir Agora Open Air Museum and research has been on-going at the old Smyrna site since 1997, and since 2002 for new Smyrna, in collaboration between the İzmir Archaeology Museum and the Metropolitan Municipality of Izmir.
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