Turkey: Catching Up with the Last of the Levantines

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Before the 20th century Izmir was mostly populated by European settlers, who came by boat to find new life in the port city.

The Agean coastal city of Izmir these days is Turkey’s third largest metropolitan area with a population of almost 4 million. A hundred years ago, the city was a bustling port with a different name – Smyrna. It was also a cultural hub with a European vibe and splendid colonial architecture.

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Rena Effendi is an Azerbaijani freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer based in Cairo.

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