Rahmi M Koç Museum

İzmir & the North Aegean

Housed in the magnificently restored Taksiyarhis Church (Church of the Archangels), a Greek Orthodox church built in 1873 and now painted in a distinctive shade of yellow, this is a sibling museum to İstanbul's excellent Rahmi M Koç Museum and has a collection that is similarly strong on exhibits concerned with transportation and engineering.

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Nearby İzmir & the North Aegean attractions

1. Atatürk Statue

2.09 MILES

As is the case in almost every town in this region, there is a statue of the great man in the main square.

2. Broken Chimney

2.15 MILES

The tapering brick chimneys that are scattered throughout the old Greek quarter are remnants of the olive-oil factories that once operated here. These…

3. Saatlı Camii

2.18 MILES

Originally built as the Ayios Yannis Kilise, this imposing stone building with its ugly freestanding minaret was converted into the Saatli Cami in 1923.

4. Broken Chimney

2.19 MILES

Broken brick chimneys like this one are scattered throughout the old Greek quarter, all that remains of the olive-oil factories that have now relocated to…

5. Taksiyarhis Memorial Museum


This erstwhile Greek Orthodox cathedral, built in 1844 but never used as a place of worship, was completely renovated in 2013 and positively shimmers in…

6. Old Town

2.22 MILES

Ayvalık’s old town is a joy to explore. A maze of cobbled streets east of the liman, it is full of market squares, atmospheric cafes, Greek Orthodox…

7. Köy Pazarı

2.26 MILES

On Thursdays, a 'village market' is held in this square next to the main pazar yeri (marketplace), which is also filled with market stalls.

8. Çınarlı Cami

2.28 MILES

Built in 1790 as the Greek Orthodox church of Ayios Yorgis and converted to a mosque in 1923, this lovely building has three naves and three apses and…