Ideally located in the heart of Izmir, Konak Square is the busiest part of the city shich offers many kinds of attractions. Visitors are able to see the interesting Izmir Clock Tower at the center of the square, the well-kept Yali Mosque with its dintinctive shape and the historical market, Kemeralti. Those who come to this square will be excited by the history behind all attractions.
Explore the Konak Square
1. Izmir Clock Tower
This tower is the most important and exciting part in Konak Square. Placed in the middle of Governor's Mansion and Yali Mosque, Izmir Clock Tower is the symbol of Izmir. There are many pigeons around this tower that attract the visitors. Izmir Clock Tower was design by M.Raymond Père and was built as a present for the 25th year of Sultan Abdulhamid leadership in 1901. The green and pink marble used for the Tower was brought from Marseilles, the second largest city in France. Four clocks outside this tower are the gifts from the German Emperor Wilhelm the 2nd. This clock tower has became the witness of Izmir for 113 years and today it is the important icon in Izmir. Those who come for having a tour in the city and those who are living in Izmir always make sure that they have the photograph of this tower.
2. Yali Mosque
Izmir Clock Tower, Yali Mosque is a small mosque that becomes the landmark of Izmir. Visiting Yali Mosque is one of the best things to do at Konak Square since you will be enchanted by its distinctive octagonal shape and elaborate tilework. The Mosque was founded in 1755 under the leadership of Ayse Hanim, the wife of Katipzade Mehmet Pasa who governed Izmir at the time. The outer tiles were brought from Kütahya, one of the city in the western Turkey. It has a single dome and minaret and unusually for a mosque, it has only one entrance. The interior is lighted by a chandelier by Ümran Baradan, the Turskish ceramic artist and painter.
Come to Kemeralti is the best thing to do at Konak Square for those who loves shooping. Kemeralti is a historical market in Konak that covers the vast area extending from the level of the Agora of Smyrna (the quarters of Namazgah, Mezarlikbasi and Ikiçesmelik), to the seashore along the Konak Square. You can enjoy bargaining for a fair price at the huge variety of stalls selling everything from traditional Turkish food and clothes to handmade souvenirs and trinkets at Kemeralti. This market was formed around the long street in Konak Square. In the Medieval Era, this street was called Street Mevlevis, in reference to the present of dergah, a building which is designed for the meeting of Sufi's brothers. The street was extending at 17th century since there was filled by any kinds of things. In addition, Kemeralti is also a home of Ayavukla Church.
How to Get Tickets?
Konak Square is free of admission. You can enter the square for free and do all things to do at Konak Square. If you are interesting to see all part of this square the other area, you can join the Konak Square tours held by tour company in Izmir that is included in Izmir City Tour. The tour will start from Izmir City Center hotel and Izmir Cruise Ship Port. Konak Square tours cost 1,382.35 lira. By taking the Konak Square tours in Izmir City Tour, you are able to explore Kordonboyu Republic Square, Konak Square, Clock Tower, Kemeralti Bazaar and Karsiyaka.
How To Get Around?
Walking is the best way to get around the square and do all things to do at Konak Square. The distance among one attraction and another is near. You can easily visit Kemeralti from Izmir Clock Tower and Yali Mosque by taking a fun walk. You are possible to use Phaeton, the traditional transportation of Turkey. Besides Konak Square, you can visit many historical places such as the favorite boulevards of Alsancak, the evergreen Kültürpark, Hotel Street, and Agora on a phaeton. The Phaetons work double shift between 8.00-23.00 and the price of a one-way ticket is 20 TL. It is recommended for you to hire a Phaeton, one of the symbols of Izmir, for a special occasion on an hourly basis.
What Should I Wear?
Best Time to Visit
Izmir has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters. If you want to relax in the glorious sunshine while walking around the square, the best time to have a tour is between June and September. Autumn weather in Izmir is still relatively warm with cooler temperatures arriving towards the end of November, this could be the option for the time to visit Konak Square.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, transportation is easy and everything can be found in this site. Moreover, the city offers a map for every visitors, so you can do all things to do at Konak Square on your own.
How To Get There?
Since Konak Square is in the center of the city of Izmir, many bus lines and the metro (Konak stop) run in and around the area. Moreover, the central bus station is in the square. It makes you easy to reach this square. Izmir buses are extremely comfortable and well developed. In these buses you can use money or you can use city card. The bus line that always stop near Konak Square are 554, 152, 149 and 274. Using taxi is also the best option to get to Konak Square. In Izmir, taxi fees are calculated by adding a set amount per km onto the starting fee. Taxi drivers can give you an estimated total cost of your trip based on the destination. Izmir taxis' prices are very affordable.
Make sure you know about the official and religious holidays of the country before coming to Izmir. It will help you to prevent any possible problems in terms of accommodation.