Smyrna is the ancient name of Izmir, which is the third largest city in Turkey. Izmir is said to have derived its name from
Smyrna, the beautiful queen of the Amazons, the legendary female warriors. Excavations have revealed that the earliest
settlement in Izmir was founded in the 3rd Millennium B.C. at present-day Bayraklı.
Izmir with a population of more than three million people, carries great significance as one of Turkey’s most important
socio-economic and cultural centres, also has within its borders the biggest Gulf to be found along the country’s Aegean
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