Sardis or Sardes was the capital of the Lydia, one of the great cities of the Persian empire, and later on the seat of a Roman proconsul. The city that was famously conquered by the Persians is on an acropolis above the later Greco-Roman city. Take a private guided tour to Sardis, the ancient capital of the Lydian Empire, just a short trip from Izmir or Kusadasi. See the land of King Midas, the Temple of Artemis, the Sardis Gymnasium and the huge Sardis Synagogue, or find a bargain at the Kemeralti Bazaar in Izmir City. A cultural hub where elegant mosques and traditional bazaars dot the palm-lined boulevards and ancient Greek ruins look down from the hilltops, Turkey’s third-largest city, Izmir, has plenty to offer cruise visitors en route to nearby Ephesus.
Once capital of the ancient Lydia. The most important architectural works that were discovered here were The Synagogue and Gymnasium. Visit Temple of Artemis situated 2 km south of the city. An altar had existed already here since the end of the fifth century B.C. to the before mentioned altar had its face to the west. Sardis had reaches its zenith. See the famous Patroclos River once King Midas of the Phrygians had a bath in it. One of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor, the Sardis church is also heavily visited after lunch we proceed to Izmir, visit KADIFEKALE CASTLE. On Mt. Pagos, the impressive ruins of the castle and its walls, we continue to Agora, or market place, was built during the time of Alexander the Great. We visit the Archaeological Museum. The Museum, which is close to Konak square, has marvelous collection of antiquities. Finally, we visit Kemeralti Market. Most visitors find the streets of Kemeralti Market area fascinating.
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