Smyrna was the second of the seven churches to receive a letter from Jesus (Revelation 2.8-11). This ancient city was located about 35 miles north of Ephesus and is now called Izmir, the third largest city and the second largest port in Turkey. The river Hermus flows into the sea at the northern part of the gulf. Located at the western end of a major road and having an excellent harbor made the city prosperous.
The only substantial remains of the ancient city of Smyrna is the Agora, which is located near the town center, just to the left of the large horizontal car park building near the centre of the picture.