11.05.2012 - 11.05.2012
After four nights in Kusadasi, we drove north this morning, passing through Izmer (ancient Smyrna), though we didn't stop there, as there are very few ruins uncovered there. Izmer is Turkey's third-largest city, with around three million people. It is interesting that this prosperous city of today was one of the two in Revelation which received no condemnation. Almost all you could see were high-rise apartments all over the place (photo). Our lunch was in a cooperative carpet-making factory, where all the amazing work is done by hand. Jeanette got to help spin some silk (photo) - it was interessting learning how that was done (thanks to the silk worms). We managed to get out of there without having purchased a rug, though one couple in our group did. Our fascinating archeological visit for the day was in Pergamum (Bergama today), one of the most impressive archeologial sites in Turkey (and, along with Smyrna, one of the seven churches of Revelation). We saw the acropolis (top of the city), the Temple of Trajan (photo), and the location of the Altar of Zeus (probably "Satan's throne" in Revelation). It is believed that jurors in the court of justice would hold up a black stone as a sign of "guilty" and a white stone as a sign of "innocent" or freedom.