Sardis, in Salihli, was the ancient capital of Lydia, once ruled by King Croesus, who was renowned for his wealth. Due to numerous earthquakes, most of the visible remains date back only to Roman times. There are the remains of the temple of Artemis and a restored gymnasium, exhibiting of the past splendor of this ancient city. The splendid synagogue from the 3rd century is worth visiting, with its elaborate mosaics and artfully carved colored-stone panels.
Akhisar, the ancient city of Thyatira, was one of the seven churches of the Book of Revelation and the remains of the ancient city is found in part of the city called Tepe Mezarlığı (hill cemetery)). More recently, it became an important commercial center in the province and is its second largest after Manisa.
The city of Alaşehir is where the remains of the ancient city of Philadelphia, another of the Seven Churches, is found. There is little left of the ancient city, except some ruins of a Byzantine church.
In addition there are many thermal springs throughout the area.
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May 01, 2006; PROJECT OVERVIEW The US TRADE & DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (USTDA) recently provided a grant to the local BILGIN ELEKTIK to enable the...