A Tiny Source of Light in Total Darkness May Change Everything You Precieve Instantly

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A Tiny Source of Light in Total Darkness May Change Everything You Precieve Instantly

The World Heritage List, whose main purpose is to protect cultural heritage, is determined by the World Heritage Committee affiliated with UNESCOcontributes significantly to the region where it is located and provides worldwide recognition. Expressing that they will restore the Kemeraltı to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage during the nomination process in the 2019 Local Elections, Izmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer said that he was very happy for this development and our aim to make Kemeraltı a 24-hour living place which is the oldest and most beautiful shopping center in the world, Kemeraltı will be one of the tourism locomotives of Izmir.

Throughout the 16th Century and the subsequent three centuries, İzmir developed as a port city that combined the atmosphere of freedom guaranteed by the Ottoman "Millet System" along with the free trade at the convergence point of few great civilizations, including the Islamic, Jewish and Christian worlds.

Kemeralti which was designed for long-distance caravans in the 17th-18th centuries, saw the addition of business quarters and hotels during the 19th Century, and with the changes in the manner of how trade was conducted, accommodation, customs, storage and production buildings began to have their own separate venues. Inns were now built along with storehouses or commercial offices with passageways. Accommodation function no longer belonged to inns, and hotels were built for the same function instead, while different types of inns emerged for commercial and storage activities. The storage inns, which are formed by covering a large area with a roof, emerged again during this era. All of these changes also resulted in a shift at a minimalist scale in the marketplace structure, where inns were set up that combine different functions in the most optimal way.

In that sense, İzmir stands as a unique example, where one can observe both the early, caravan-based development process of the traditional commercial center structure that was commonplace across the entire Central Asia and Ottoman lands and the transformation of these centers with the onset of industrialization in the 19th Century.

During this pandemic times that we are all experiencing, Kemeralti is giving hope for the post era. This process is happened thanks to the Izmir Governorship, Konak Municipality, Izmir Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism, Izmir Chamber of Commerce, Aegean Region Chamber of Industry, Izmir Chamber of Commerce, İzmir Chamber of Tradesmen and Craftsmen, İMEAK Chamber of Shipping, İzmir Development Agency, TARKEM and the Izmir Association of our city.