Philadelphia

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HISTORY OF PHILADELPHIA Philadelphia (Alasehir) is located about 30 mi/48 km southeast of Sardis. Its acropolis rests on a spur of the Tmolos range (Boz Daglari), with the basin of the Cogamus River (Alasehir Cayi) stretching below. The newest of the cities of the Seven Churches, Philadelphia was found-ed by the Pergamene king Attalos II ...

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Sardis

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HISTORY OF SARDIS Sardis lies about 90 km. inland from the Aegean, in the upper Hermos valley. Its early history is hard to establish. Homer mentions the site in the Iliad as the territory of Maeonians. Herodotus states that Greek warriors, "sons of Heracles" established a kingdom there. As the Hittite Empire declined, Lydians, a ...

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Laodicea

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HISTORY OF LAODICEA Laodicea occupies a broad plateau overlooking the fertile valley of the River Lycus (Greek: Lykos) tributary of the Maeander. Lying far inland from the major archaeological sites on the Aegean coast, it has emerged only in the last decade as the second largest Roman city in Anatolia, exceeded only by Ephesus. Dormant ...

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Pergamum

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HISTORY OF PERGAMUM Pergamum, rising dramatically on a hilltop four hundred meters high above the valley of the River Kaikos, is among the most exciting places in Aegean Turkey to visit. Since it lies inland from the sea it did not attract Greek colonists during the Dark Age; a small indigenous population occupied the site. ...

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Ephesus

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HISTORY OF EPHESUS The Neolithic Era and the Bronze Age Ephesus lies only 500 m. outside the eastern walls of the city. The recently excavated tell of Cukurici dates back to the 7th Millennium BCE. Austrian archeologists have identified at least 5 levels of habitation built one upon another in this humanly made mound. The ...

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7 Churches of Revelation

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THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF REVELATION John addressed seven church congregations in the first three chapters of Revelation: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea. He may have sent his message to each of them individually and then the letters were collected later to be added as a preface to this book of apocalyptic prophesy. ...

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