Kordon is a beautiful wide open stretch of grass and paths that line the sea all the way to the Port of İzmir. It runs for about 3.2 km and is in the Alsancak area.
I started at the historic Pasaport İskelesi, a major ferry terminal, after a ferry ride from Karşıyaka. It was built along with the breakwater between 1867 and 1886 and was an international passenger terminal for many years. It was destroyed in 1922 and rebuilt in 1926, and put back into service for local passenger ferries in 2003.
Nearby is Cumhuriyet Meydanı, a huge square that is often the scene of public events. The square was built after the Great Fire of Smyrna in 1922. It features an equestrian monument of Atatürk crafted by Italian sculptor Pietro Canonica, who also made the monument at Taksim Meydanı in Istanbul.
About halfway down the Kordon at Gündoğdu Meydanı, there’s an interesting monument called Cumhuriyet Ağacı (Republic Tree).
A couple of important buildings sit on or near Gündoğdu Meydanı. One is the Atatürk Müzesi, which is a museum located in a mansion that Atatürk stayed in on his visit to İzmir. The other is the Greek Consulate. Considering the history of İzmir and knowing it was a majority Greek city less than 100 years ago (there were more Greeks than in Athens!), it was kind of eerie to see a Greek flag in such a prominent location.