Karataş

A good 25 to 30 minute walk from Konak Meydanı is Karataş, a once heavily Jewish neighborhood of İzmir known to the Greeks as Melantia (Μελάντια). There you can find the Bet İsrael Sinagogu. It was built in 1907 and is the largest synagogue in the city.

Bet İsrael Sinagogu in Izmir, Turkey

Bet İsrael Sinagogu

Nearby is Dario Moreno Sokağı, a street named after beloved Turkish-Jewish singer Dario Moreno. He once lived in a house on the street. A bust of Moreno sits at the entrance to the street.

Dario Moreno Sokağı in Izmir, Turkey

Dario Moreno Sokağı

Dario Moreno's house in Izmir, Turkey

Dario Moreno’s house

Bust of Dario Moreno in Izmir, Turkey

Bust of Dario Moreno

Watch Dario Moreno perform “O Sole Mio” in 1954:

 

At the very end of the street is Asansör, literally “elevator”. It was built in 1907 by Jewish banker Nesim Levi Bayraklıoğlu to allow for easier transport of goods and people to the top of the cliff.

Asansör in Izmir, Turkey

Asansör

Asansör in Izmir, Turkey

Asansör

At the top is a restaurant and the chance to get some spectacular views of İzmir.

Restaurant at the top of Asansör in Izmir, Turkey

Restaurant at the top of Asansör

View from the top of Asansör in Izmir, Turkey

View from the top of Asansör

View from the top of Asansör in Izmir, Turkey

View from the top of Asansör

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