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Flag of İzmir, two sets of horizontal and vertical version - Images by Tomislav Šipek, 8 December 2017


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Flag of İzmir

The flag of İzmir is blue with the municipality's emblem in white (<photo, A HREF="http://mobil.izmir.bel.tr/HaberListele/HaberDetay/32121?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1">photo, photo), or white with the emblem in blue (photo). "Büyükşehir Belediyesi" means "Metropolitan Municipality".

The emblem of features the İzmir Clock Tower. Quoting the Very Turkey website:

This historic clock tower is located in the Konak Square in the city centre of İzmir and was designed by the Levantine French architect Raymond Charles Péré, and built in 1901 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the accession to the throne of Abdülhamid II (1876–1909). The tower has an iron and lead skeleton, stands 25 m high and features four şadırvan (fountains) which are placed around the base in a circular pattern with columns of a Moorish design.
The clock itself was a gift from German Emperor Wilhelm II (1888–1918) and is decorated in an elaborate Ottoman style.
The clock tower appeared on the back of the Turkish 500 lira banknote from 1983 to 1989 and these style of clock towers can be seen in other Ottoman provinces particularly those in the Balkans and are called Sahat Kul.

Raymond Charles Péré (1854-1929), born in the south-west of France, studied architecture in Bordeaux and was hired in Smyrna as an interim French teacher. He married in 1884 Anaïs Russo, born from a French family established in Smyrna long ago. Péré was appointed "expert architect" at the French Consulate General and designed several houses for the French and Levantine communities. He was also the main architect of the Roman Catholic institutions of the town; its first significant work was the increase of the St. Polycarp church, used as the French parish and the Consulate's chapel. Several of the buildings he had designed were destroyed during the Great Fire of Smyrna (September 1922) or subsequently rebuilt, so that only 4-5 buildings credited to Péré are still visible in İzmir.
On 14 August 1900, a municipal commission offered him 1,700 Ottoman golden pounds to build a clock tower on Konak Square; Sultan Abdülhamid II wanted to highlight both the modern values and the principles of Islam. A brand new kind of building erected among traditional citadels and mosques, the Clock Tower symbolized modernity; its design, however, was a straightforward reference to Muslim minarets.
[B. Blanc. Un architecte français à Smyrne]

Tomislav Šipek & Ivan Sache, 8 December 2017


Former flag of İzmir

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Former flag of İzmir - Image by Jens Pattke, 18 November 2012

The former flag of İzmir was red with the municipality's former emblem.

Tomislav Šipek, 12 November 2012


Accessible İzmir

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Flags of Accessible İzmir - Images by Ivan Sache, 27 May 2018

İzmir Metropolitan Municipality, which was awarded in 2005 the title of "Disabled friendly municipality", organized two international congresses called Engelizmir (website) - the contraction of Engelsiz İzmir, Accessible İzmir (2013: Urban Issues and Solutions of the Disabled; 2016: Local Policies Oriented To The Participation Of Disabled To Social Life).

İzmir Metropolitan Municipality awarded red flags to 46 institutions whose commitment to facilitate accessibility to disabled was positively audited by an ad hoc commission.
The red flag is charged with the emblem of Accessible İzmir, all white, and, beneath it, one, two or three white stars:
- one star (photo, photo, photo), if at least 60% of the accessibility criteria listed in the technical specifications were fulfilled;
- two stars (photo, photo, photo, photo, photo), if at least 75% of the accessibility criteria listed in the technical specifications were fulfilled;
- three stars (photo, photo, photo), if at least 90% of the accessibility criteria listed in the technical specifications were fulfilled.

The emblem of Accessible İzmir is made of the white silhouette of a person in a wheel-chair, whose bust and head forms the "İ" of "İZMIR" in "ENGELSİZMİR", written horizontally near the top of the flag.

Ivan Sache, 27 May 2018


İzmir Water and Sewerage Administration

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Flag of İZSU - Image by Tomislav Šipek, 27 January 2018

The flag of İZSU (photo, photo) is white with the administration's logo.

Tomislav Šipek, 27 January 2018


Boards of trade

İzmir Chamber of Commerce

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Flag of İTO - Image by Ivan Sache, 25 November 2017

İTO was established in 1885.
The flag of İTO (photo, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo) is white with the organization's emblem.

Ivan Sache, 25 November 2017


Aegean Region Chamber of Industry

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Flag of EBSO - Image by Ivan Sache, 25 November 2017

The flag of EBSO is white with the organization's emblem (photo, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo).

Ivan Sache, 25 November 2017


Football clubs

Altınordu

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Flag of Altınordu, as seen on 21 April 2013 in İzmir - Image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 2 May 2014

Altınordu, established in 1923, ranks 5th among İzmir's football clubs, and plays currently in the First League. Altınordu was also Turkish basketball champion in 1967.
The flag of Altınordu is vertically divided blue-red-blue-red-blue, with the club's emblem shifted to the top. The emblem displays on a white shield outlined blue and red the blue letter "A" connected with a red letter "O". Inside the "O" appears "1923" in red and, beneath, the blue writing "İzmir". "ALTINORDU" is written in red letters in chief.

Klaus-Michael Schneider, 2 May 2014


Göztepe

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Flag of Göztepe - Image by Ivan Sache, 8 November 2016

Göztepe (Göztepe Spor Kulübü) was established in 1925 in İzmir, as Göztepe Gençlik Kulübü, a splinter from Altay. The club merged in 1937 with İzmirspor to form Döganspor. Supporters of İzmirspor opposed to the merger formed Ateşspor the next year. In 1939, Döganspor and Ateşspor were renamed as Göztepe and İzmirspor, respectively.
Göztepe played in the top league in 1959-1977, 1978-1980, 1981-1982, 1999–2000, and 2001-2003. The club's main achievements were a 3rd rank in the top league in 1971 and two wins of the Turkish Cup (1969 and 1970). After years of relegation, down to the local amateur division, the club was promoted to the First League in 2011.

The flag of Göztepe (photo) is yellow with the club's emblem in the middle.

Ivan Sache, 8 November 2016


İzmirspor

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Flag of İzmirspor - Image by Ivan Sache, 9 December 2016

İzmirspor (İzmirspor Külübü Derneği) was established in 1923 in the Eşrefpaşa borough, as Altınay SK. The club adopted its current name on 28 November 1930, following the merger with its local rival, Sakarya Kulübü.
İzmirspor played in the top league for the 1959-1967 (4th in 1959-1960) and 1968-1969 seasons. The club was relegated to the amateur top league in 2010 and has been playing there since then.
The most famous player of the club was the striker Metin Oktay (1936-1991), who played for İzmirspor in 1954-1955 (18 caps, 17 goals) and Galatasaray (1955-1961: 161 caps, 174 goals; 1962-1969; 178 caps, 137 goals). Oktay played 36 matches with the national team (1955-1968, 19 goals).

The flag of İzmirspor (photo, photo, photo, photo, photo) is white with the club's emblem in the center.

Ivan Sache, 9 December 2016