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Sardis, Turkey

Sardis was once the capital of one of the world’s wealthiest kingdoms. The riches of its ruler, Croesus, were legendary. This synagogue, built more than eight hundred years after Croesus, in the time of Roman rule, is the largest known from antiquity. The building contained a vast hall that could hold more than 1,000 people. Its location --- on the main street, part of a larger building complex that housed the public bath and gymnasium, or academy --- shows how accepted the Jewish community was within the civic life of this great city.


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