Cesme in Izmir Turkey
CESME which means fountain in Turkish takes its name from the many springs found
around the area. The town was founded by Ionians around 1100 BC and is packed with
culture and history of Ionians, Lydians, Romans, Selcuk Turks and the Ottomans.
The impressive 700 year old fortress constructed by theGenoese and the Caravanserai
built by Suleyman the Magnificent in the 16th Century are the two major historical sights
of Cesme. This popular holiday resort is the most western tip of Turkey and is surrounded
on three sides by the clear blue waters of the Aegean Sea, ideal for watersports or boat
trips to the neighbouring islands.
The South Aegean once the commercial centre of the ancient world, a visit to
Ephesus and Pergamum are highlights of any visit to Turkey. Whilst Ephesus was
dedicated to the goddess Artemis, Pergamum was a sanctuary dedicated to the god
of health, Asclepios.
Other places of interest
• Izmir Archeological Museum • The Church of the Virgin Mary • Dilek Peninsula
National park • Miletus Roman Theatre • Didim Temple of Apollo • Lake Bafa
• Geyre (Aphrodisias)