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Izmir Konak Clock tower

Konak Meydanı (Konak Square) forms the heart of the city and is named after the Ottoman government mansion hükümet konağı. It is a wide pedestrianized plaza at Izmir's waterfront. Somewhat lost in the modernity stands Izmir''s symbol the ornate Saat Kulesi or Clock Tower. This 25 m high marble tower was designed by the Levantine French architect Raymond Charles Pere. This late-Ottoman monument was built in 1901 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Sultan Abdul Hamid II's accession to the throne. The clock itself was a gift of William II, German Emperor. The Saat Kulesi is the symbol of Izmir and is depicted on the city's flag. Next to the Clock Tower stands the pretty Yalı Cami sometimes also referred to as Konak Camii which dates from 1748 (some sources claim 1774). The facade of this small octagonal mosque is covered in beatiful Kötahya tiles.

Another monument on Konak Square is called the First Bullet. This monument was built to the memory of the journalist Hasan Tahsin who fired the first bullet at the Greek occupation forces during the War of Liberation.

On the far side of the bay of Izmir, opposite Konak square lies Karşıyaka (meaning opposite shore), a quiet suburb where the air is fresh and cool. Ferries to Karşıyaka leave from the waterfront at Konak's Pier. The boat ride to Karşıyaka takes about 20 minutes.

More info on Izmir itself is available on its main page

Here are the photos of Izmir's Konak Meydanı and Karşıyaka District, click on the thumbnails to see greater pictures.

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