Saturday, May 30, 2009

Beautiful Izmir

This rocky peak known as the Two Brothers rises 883 meters above sea level just above the shore highway leading out along the peninsula west of İzmir. The Two Brothers are carefully watched by the people of İzmir because if clouds gather around them, particularly at sunset, then the next day is sure to bring rain. Those watching from the cafes along İzmir's waterfront mark sunset as the time when the sun falls behind the silhouette of the Two Brothers, its refracted light casting a changing palette of pastels over the gulf, as twilight begins to shroud the city with its sadness. The Greek poet George Seferiades, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1963, was born within sight of the Two Brothers, and he mentions them in one of his last poems, catching the mood of sunset and twilight in İzmir: "The sun sets below the rock of the Two Brothers./The twilight spreads over  the sky and sea like the colors of an inexhaustible love.”


Konak Pier was designed by Gustave Eiffel in 1890, within the boundaries of the central metropolitan district of Konak, near the city's historic center Konak Square in İzmir.

It was originally built as warehouse together with the French customs house on the nearby Pasaport Quay during the renewal of İzmir's portuary infrastructures as of 1867.

Konak Pier is reported to have been designed by Gustave Eiffel's architecture office. It was thoroughly restored starting 2003 and was opened as an upmarket shopping mall in 2004. Since then, it became one of the landmarks of İzmir. (Wikipedia)

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