Sardis is an ancient city located in the Salihli district of Manisa and was the capital of the Lydian civilization. The Lydians ruled this region between the 13th and 6th centuries BC. C. and is an important civilization of the Iron Age. Sardis is the place where the first coins were minted for the first time according to known history and the starting point of the famous King’s Road in history.
Near the area is the royal Lydian cemetery, which consists of about 85 mound-like tombs, and there is also the Temple of Artemis, one of the most important temples in Western Anatolia, near the ancient city. Other than that, the ancient city is home to a gymnasium, a gymnasium and bath complex dating back to the 2nd century AD, shops dating back to Byzantine times, and a synagogue dating back to the 4th century AD.
It also has a key place in the history of religions, as it is one of the Seven Churches of Asia mentioned in the Book of Revelation in the New Testament. The city was home to a significant Jewish population from the third century BC.