Monday, 16 May 2016
EUROPE MEETS ASIA IN IZMIR
Konak Square is one of the central locations of Izmir, named for the mansion (konak) of the governor of Izmir province that stands there. The City Hall is there also, and the square contains the clock and fountains given by German Kaiser Wilhelm II to his Ottoman ally Abdülhamid II in 1904. This is said to be the spiritual heart of the city, as resistance to the proposed partition of the city after a war between Greece and Turkey began at this spot. The adjacent pier contains a customs house built by Gustave Eiffel of Paris tower fame.