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Sardis: Oldest Synagogue in Turkey

Ancient Jewish  settlements in Turkey

From Izmir the bus took us to Sardis (ancient capitol of the kingdom of Lydia), the site of the oldest synagogue in Turkey.  It is an archeological site dating to Roman times, but Jews have not lived in this region (~80 miles from Izmir) since about the fifth century. Much of the money for the archaeological work was donated by American Jewish individuals and philanthropies. The stone ruins indicated that the synagogue held several hundred people when it was functioning. From Sardis we rode to Kusadasi, a beautiful city on the Aegean Sea, and stayed in the Kismet Hotel which is owned by the family of the late Humeyra Ozbas, the granddaughter of the last sultan of Turkey. From there we visited the ancient site of Ephesus, and then returned from the Asian part of the country to Istanbul via Turkish Air.

Other  interesting links of Jewish settlements in Turkey

Sardis community

Mt. Ararak : Noah’s Ark

Noah’s Ark Ministries International in Hong Kong

News in Turkey

Local Turkish officials will ask the central government in Ankara to apply for UNESCO World Heritage status so the site can be protected while a major archaeological dig is conducted.

About Anni Orekh

Anni Orekh (which translated from Hebrew means: I m an editor (Publisher) it is the online pen-name of author and Managing Director of MD Enterprises.

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