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Sardis (Sart)
Sardis (Sart)

Sardis (Sart)

Belediye Cd. No:124, Sart, Sardis, 45310

The basics

Sardis’ main site comprises ruins from the 6th- and 7th-century-BC Lydian empire—once ruled by King Croesus, famous for his wealth—alongside Roman-era remains including a gymnasium, basilica, and synagogue. A nearby, second site centers on the ruined Greek Temple of Artemis, built in the 3rd century BC.

Most visitors opt to explore Sardis’ sites on a private day trip from Izmir or Kusadasi, so avoiding the fuss of a rental car or public buses while benefiting from a guide who can detail the city’s history. Sardis also features on multi-day Seven Churches of Asia Minor Turkey tours, which visit the seven churches mentioned in the Bible’s Book of Revelation.

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Things to know before you go

  • Sardis will appeal to history and archaeology enthusiasts.
  • Most of the ruins are wheelchair- and stroller-accessible.
  • Bring sunscreen, a sunhat, and bottled water—the sites get very hot.
  • The main site has a gift shop selling souvenirs and drinks.
  • Entrance tickets give access to Sardis’ main site and Temple of Artemis site.
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How to get there

Set near the village of Sart (Sartmustafa) around 56 miles (90 kilometers) from Izmir, the easiest way to visit Sardis from Izmir or Kusadasi is on a tour. Alternatively, minibusses from Izmir run via Sart to nearby Salihli. From Kusadasi, your best option, aside from a tour, is a rental car. The ruins sit beside the Izmir-Ankara E96 highway and are signposted.

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When to get there

Sardis is open daily, with reduced hours between October and mid-April. Both sites are off Turkey’s main tourist trail and usually quiet, but arrive in the early morning to avoid any occasional visits by tour groups.

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What to See at Sardis

Sardis was hugely powerful and wealthy, not least for its invention of coinage—pure gold and silver coins were first minted here during the 6th-century BC reign of King Croesus. By their sheer scale, the ruins provide a fascinating insight into the city’s prosperity. Be sure to view the crumpled Temple of Artemis—situated on its own, separate site—and the other showpieces, which encompass a magnificent, reconstructed 2-story Roman gymnasium, a mosaic-bedecked synagogue, Byzantine shops, and a set of well-preserved Byzantine latrines.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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