Hotel Lidya Sardes
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It's 9.30pm and we are nearly in Izmir where we hopefully have a hotel for the night booked. The journey hasn't been too bad but quite long! This morning's ferry trip was astonishingly good, fast and left me thinking "why can't the Picton Ferries be as good as this?" It had lots of space, amazing food and drinks and cost something like NZ$11 each for a three hour fast ferry trip. The ...
... which the ruins of the church of Thyatira are located.
The church ruin is actually very small -- it covered only one city block -- and did not take too long to look through. Several steps past the entrance, we were greeted by a turtle who turned out to be a little too shy to stick around for long. As we explored the ruins, I scavenger hunted for specific column capitals (the "cap" on a stone column) among the rubble. ...
... The Jewish synagogue was also spectacular with the Holy Table and High Priests seats still standing. A number of mosaics on the walls and floor were preserved along with large portions of the marble floor. We then drove to the higher level where the Temple of Diana stood with a small Christian church behind. It was in this church on Sunday morning where I led devotions, reflecting on Revelation ...
Sardis was the capital of the Lydian kingdom of the 7th century BC and was the first city where gold and silver coins were minted. It was one of the greatest cities in the ancient world.
Temple of Artemis - Artemis, known as Diana by the Romans, was the daughter of Zeus and twin of Apollo. She was the goddess of the hunt, the moon & fertility. The temple dedicated to her in
Sardis was one of the seven largest ...
... in this area. An earthquake in fact knocked the lid off the sarcophagus in my second picture, in which Lauren is playing the role of one rising from the dead. Hierapolis has the largest necropolis in Turkey, with over 1200 ancient tombs, and it was here that we spent most of our time.
We had seen some evidence of Jewish graves in Hieropolis, but in Sardis we found the remains of ...