April 14, 2021

Philadelphia: City of Brotherly Love

Philadelphia Ruins Philadelphia Ruins Image by Jim Black from Pixabay

Philadelphia, known in modern times as the Turkish town of Alaşehir, was established by King Eumenes II of Pergamon, in honor of his brother, Attalus II, who was loyal to him and would be his successor.  Located along a trade route southeast of Sardis, the city stood in a valley at the base of Mount Tmolus.

In AD 17, the city was damaged by the Lydia earthquake, called by a Roman historian Pliny the Elder, “the greatest earthquake in human memory.”  The Roman emperor Tiberius relieved Philadelphia of taxes until it could be rebuilt.

“I know your works: behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one can shut..." (Rev 3:8)

Main Attractions

The archaeological remains of Philadelphia contain a few pillars and broken Roman columns and some foundation stones.

See the links below for further information and exploration. 

 

References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ala%C5%9Fehir

https://www.triposo.com/loc/AlaC59Fehir/history/background

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Last modified on Saturday, 04 May 2019 13:52
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