Day Three, Smyrna, Turkey

November 13, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Today I visited Smyrna, one of the seven churches of Revelation. When I think of biblical locations I always think of Israel. However so much of the New Testament letters and stories were written in or about activities in Turkey, Greece and Italy.  I spend my days shooting and my nights creating this blog for you. I hope you enjoy it.

"BIBLE LINK" TO EVERYTHING SYMRNA

Here I am amongst the pillars looking like there has been some great victory... well, having fun anyway.  There wasn't much topside except these pillars and a lot of orderly piles of ruins.  Oh, and some excavations... however, below ground level there was much to see.

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Situated on the northern slopes of the Pagos Hills, the agora was the commercial, judicial and political nucleus of the ancient city, its center for artistic activities and for teaching.

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Izmir Agora Open Air Museum consists of five parts, including the agora area, the base of the northern basilica gate, the stoa and the ancient shopping centre.

 

Here is the reference If you would like to read the message to Smyrna (Rev 2:8-11)

 

 

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The most important result of the new studies has been the discovery of the agora's northern gate. It has been concluded that embossed figures of the goddess Hestia found in these digs were a continuation of the Zeus altar uncovered during the first digs. Statues of the gods Hermes, Dionysos, Eros and Heracles have also been found, as well as many statues, heads, embossments, figurines and monuments of people and animals, made of marble, stone, bone, glass, metal and terracotta. Inscriptions found here list the people who provided aid to Smyrna after the earthquake of 178 AD.

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I loved photographing the sun, silhouette and shadows of this historic site.

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Smyrna sat 35 miles north of Ephesus, built near the ruins of an ancient Greek colony destroyed in the 7th century B.C.  Lysimachus, one of Alexander the Great’s generals, rebuilt Smyrna as a new Hellenistic city in the 3rd century B.C.  The city was later established as a Roman commercial center with a port on the Aegean Sea.  Scholars believe the city grew to about 100,000 by the time of the apostles Paul and John.

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The Agora
This 2nd century A.D. agora, midway between the acropolis and the harbor, was partially excavated by German and Turkish archaeologists from 1932-1941.  Porticoes lined the north and west sides of the agora, and an altar to Zeus sat in the center.

 

Flag of Turkey

"BIBLE LINK" TO EVERYTHING SYMRNA


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