Due to the difference in elevation between two streets, a lift was constructed by Nesim Levi, a Jewish businessman, in 1907 in order to make accessing the road easier. He was also the great-grandfather of the renowned French author Mario Levi, whose books are bestsellers across the globe. Before the lift, named “Asansör” by the Turkish people, was built, the people living there had to climb 155 steps to reach their homes; therefore, the lift made life easier for the inhabitants of both districts. This is why the area is referred to as ‘asansör’, meaning ‘lift’, since its construction.

The lift (elevator) built according to the plans of French and Italian engineers in Marseille operated on water power before electricity was available. The site of the elevator’s construction had formerly been a stone quarry, and the steps were so steep that they were too difficult for the elderly people living in the district to traverse, particularly in winter. On the plaque at the entrance of the elevator, the name Nesim Levi is written in French and Hebrew, with the year of construction (1907) in capital letters.

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The design of the elevator is reminiscent of a castle, featuring double lifts, one powered by steam and the other by electricity. The walls of the structure were constructed using stone from Marseille. In 1985, both lifts underwent restoration and were converted to electricity. The area in which “Asansor” is located is renowned for being the street of famous singer Dario Moreno, known as the Frank Sinatra of Izmir. If you ever find yourself in Izmir, be sure to take the lift to appreciate the magnificent view of the Izmir bay.


If you’re looking for a unique and historical way to experience Izmir, the famous Izmir Lift is the place to be. Located in the heart of the city, this elevator is an amazing way to get a birds-eye view of all the beauty and culture that Izmir has to offer. Built in 1907 and designed by the French engineer, Gustave Eiffel, the Smyrna elevator is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a must-see for all visitors to the city.
The Smyrna Elevator is an impressive feat of engineering and an amazing reminder of the history of the city. As you ascend in the elevator, you will be able to appreciate the stunning views of the city, the harbor, and the surrounding mountains. You can also visit the upper level of the Izmir Lift and take a look at the original wooden escalator which is a reminder of the city’s past. The beauty of the Smyrna Elevator is not only in its history, but also in its cultural significance. Izmir elevator is a symbol of the city and its people, a reminder of the past and a hope for the future. It’s a place where people of all cultures and backgrounds can come together to appreciate the amazing views and the beauty of the city.
The historical elevator of Izmir is also home to a number of cultural events and activities. Every year, the elevator holds a variety of festivals and events, including the annual Smyrna International Film Festival which is held in the summer. These events celebrate the city’s culture and traditions and are a great way to get a taste of the city’s vibrant culture. For those looking for a unique and unforgettable experience, Izmir historical lift is the perfect place to visit. Not only will you be able to appreciate the beauty and history of the city, but you will also be able to take part in some of the amazing events and activities that are held here.
With Tour Maker Turkey, you can experience the best of Izmir, from the Historical Asansor to the vibrant culture. So book your tour today and experience the city of Smyrna in all its glory!