Sardis (Sardes)
Sardis (Sardes)
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Helena B
Cape Town Central, South Africa442 contributions
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Apr 2023 • Friends
The ruins of ancient Sardis (or Sardes) can easily be reached from Manisa or Izmir. The site is well preserved and looked after and there is public facilities for visitors. It was the capital of the Lydian kingdom and this quiet site takes you back in time. We stayed in Manisa and use a Taxi to take us and wait one hour to take us back. You can also take a bus from Manisa bus station to Salihli , the small town where Sardis is located. The entrance fee also includes visiting the site of the Temple of Artemis, about 1km from Sardis. This site is also a special place to visit and I highly recommend visiting both sites.
Written November 12, 2023
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Lanni
Gaziantep, Türkiye5,451 contributions
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Sep 2021 • Friends
Sardes is the most difficult ancient city to reach by public transport so rent a car is the easiest way for me. There are trains or buses going regularly from İzmir but still it will require extra effort to ask local people and to walk. Artemis Temple and Synagogue are located within distance to each other. Anyway Sardes is practically "in the middle of nowhere"

It is worthy visit. In Artemis Temple there are some columns left and it is easy to imagine the temple in the past as very rich and beautiful expensive temple. The Synagogue is unimaginable. There is statue on the top of Synagogue but it was taken to Selçuk Archaeological Museum. The stone reliefs are still visible although the Synagogue itself was reconstructed in 1970s - if I am not mistaken.

Only 6 visitors were in Sardis. Global pandemic should not be the reason lack of visitors. It is difficult to reach but very worthy.
Written September 26, 2021
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Sarper
Türkiye165 contributions
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Jul 2017 • Couples
Sardes/Sardis, capital of Lydia, is located in Salihli, Manisa a western city in Turkey and in a village called SART. If you don't have a car, to get to the Sart from Salihli, find the main bus station and just next to the bus station there is an area for "village buses", small buses. There are many of them, you should look for Sart. It departs in every half hours and costs 3 TL per person. (Same, from the Sart)Trip to Sardis takes about 15 minutes. Buses are not crowded. Tell the driver or show him that you're off at the ancient city. You can't miss anyway, it's on the right side. It's a beatiful ancient city. You'll love it.

After you're go out from the Sardis, turn right and walk about 100 meters. You will see Arthemis Temple sign on the left. We walked to the temple and it takes about 20 minutes. Temple is still under reconstruction/restoration. Both were very impressive.

Beware in the hot day, keep a hat and bottle of water with you.
Written July 23, 2017
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Norman F
Augusta, GA24 contributions
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Dec 2012 • Couples
Sardis was a Lydian city that dates back to the 8 th Century BC. It was ruled by the Maeonians, Cimmerians, Persians, Romans and the Greeks, captured by Alexander The Great in 334 BC.
Today it is reached from Izmir about 40 miles away, located in the town of Salihli, easily by bus from the Izmir terminal. Commercial Busses run frequent and are very inexpensive.

There are two main parts of the city located a couple of kilometers apart. Do not miss the second part as it is the site of one of the 7 churches of Asia. The gymnasium has been well restored and both sites are amazing to see. Purchase a site guide and study it before your visit. Bring your camera, comfortable walking shoes and water.
Reserve a complete day, there are places to eat nearby and that is a treat in itself.
I recommend late september thru june to visit. It is open year round, tickets are avaliable at the site and are inexpensive. I have never seen a large crowd and have been to these sites on many trips, enjoy your trip.
Written September 12, 2013
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CherylintheDesert
Palm Desert, CA72 contributions
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Jun 2013 • Solo
Go early and you could have these ruins to yourself!

A beautifully preserved synagogue and gymnasium. Mosaic floors are still intact in areas.

Temple of Artemis is part of the combined ticket. I walked to the Temple - but, unless you are in shape, I would recommend you take a car. I didn't realize how far it was when I started out.

The Temple of Artemis is fabulous as well. Mammoth sized columns give you a sense of the grandeur of the structure. And there is a later Byzantine Basilica built onto the end of the Temple that is lovely as well.

I so enjoyed this stop on my journey around Turkey. A "must see" for ancient architecture buffs.
Written August 26, 2013
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Bilge S
San Francisco, CA827 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Friends
I have started this historic site in TA because I have spent sometime when I was a kid close to here in Turgutlu City.
This ancient city was the capital of Lydia and is the first place where money was founded and used. Its theatre also assumed as the first theatre in the history.
The synagog of Sardis is also very important in history as it proves the existence of Jews in Asia Minor and Roman life.
Definitely need to visit. Well preserved as well.
Need to taste local delicacy; meatball cooked on wood-coal in the restaurants on the highway at Salihli City direction.
Written December 7, 2012
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Gregory D
New Lambton1,028 contributions
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May 2014 • Couples
We visited Sardis, the ancient Lydian capital while driving between Pamukkale and Izmir.
Although much of the huge site is still unexcavated, enough is visible to get some idea of the wealth of the city, especially from the Roman and Byzantine period. The partially restored Marble Court of the Hall of the Imperial Cult gives a good impression of the magnificence of the place, as it was only one part of the massive baths complex, largely unexcavated. The Byzantine shops and the synogague, with its beautiful mosaics, were a highlight. Explanatory plaques were well presented and, although a couple of small tour groups came and went while we were there, it seems to be off the agenda compared to the tourist circuses at Ephesus and Pamukkale. Well worth the visit.
Written June 26, 2014
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AdnanMordeniz
London, UK1,027 contributions
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Nov 2012 • Family
The ancient city is located 90 km of east city of izmir. The ancient city was capital of Lydia (Sardis .You will visit the marble synagogue and gymnasium and the archaeological Museum.

You enter the site along a roman road, past a well preserved and backing onto a synagogue, rows of byzantine shops which belonged to jewish merchants and artisans.

Across the road from the enclosed site continuing excavations have uncovered a stretch of the Lydian city wall and a Roman house with painted walls right on top of an earlier Lydian residence.

The synagog of Sardis is also very important in history as it proves the existence of Jews in Asia Minor and Roman life.

I definetely recommend this ancient city.
Written June 23, 2013
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Erox R
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
Tipp: Follow the main road to the top of Mountain. In the first 3 Kilometers there are few buildings and shops. All the time you will see many places where you can make a picknick or u can make a barbeque on some places especially. All needed things you can buy or rent. Cheap and very good. Villagers are selling lot of different types of fruits and fresh baked specialities of region. You may spend time where you feel good. Or continue to the top of Mountain. A lot o possibilities you will see to have a nice picknick and sightseeing nature and pollution free air. If you enter after 35 km top of Mountain, there is a big see and the Temperature is very nice. Its a bit coulder. Enjoy the see. Have some tea or lunch on locale Restaurants.

If you like to trip back to izmir, follow the main parallel road. Dont use mainroad. Go to direction "Kemalpaşa"

You will see lot of vegetables, trees, villages and you can always join a stop. In Kemalpaşa there are many other things to see. I cant explain them.

Its a must see, to use this Route againgst main road.
Written August 15, 2015
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ASJ51
Amsterdam, The Netherlands69 contributions
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Dec 2014 • Couples
Sardis is not as popular as Efes, but has lots to offer. There are two main sites about 1km apart that can easily be walked between although there is parking at both locations. The ruins are in fantastic condition, very accessible and have been sympathetically restored to give the gymnasium and baths a great wow factor. For the best pictures get there in the morning. If you are feeling more adventurous there is a good hike into the hills to the site of the acropolis.
Written December 2, 2014
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