June 15, 2024

Thyatira: City of Purple Dye

A column in the Thyateira Ancient City. A column in the Thyateira Ancient City. © Ancientpix | Dreamstime.com

Thyatira was a city of tradespeople, with guilds that included wool-workers, linen-workers, makers of outer garments, dyers, leather-workers, tanners, potters, bakers, slave-dealers, and bronze-smiths. It was known for its rich purple dye for cloth.

Acts 16:14-15 mentions that when Paul and Silas were in Philippi, a woman named Lydia, who was a seller of purple cloth from Thyatira, listened to Paul's preaching and came to faith in the Lord, and invited them to stay with her. 

“...And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us...." (Acts 16:14)

The modern Turkish city of Akhisar stands on the location of ancient Thyatira.

Main Attractions

Tepe Mezarligi (Hill Cemetery)
Hastane (Hospital) Mound

The archaeological remains of the city of Thyatira are enclosed within a fenced archaelogical park in a residential neighborhood of Akhisar, with easy access to for tourists to walk around and view the remains of ancient Roman era basicallica, and some columns and other remains from the first couple centuries AD. 
















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Last modified on Saturday, 02 March 2019 20:25
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