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AKHİSAR (THYATEİRA)

EXPLANATION ABOUT AKHİSAR BİG MOSQUE (CONQUER)

     THE ACCEPTANCE OF AKHISAR ULUCAMI AS IT IS ONE THE HOLLY PLACE OF SEVEN CHURCH IN ANATOLIA. As known the Seven Church is a pilgrmage holy place for the Christianity. The religious tours operated in Turkey by sightseeing of Theatre . Therefore the Seldjukian  Architectural and The Seven Churches is taking an important place in the religious tours.The photo of AKHISAR ULUCAMI ( Theatre ) hereunder taked by ALI OSMAN MUŞ on 18 August 1998.Akhisar Ulucami is converted from a church into  a mosque. As the legend it was built as  a temple.The exact constucting date is  unknown  .The rock blocks holded to each other  by a special concrete namely ( horasan).
     That it has been used by Romains as a  shopping area.During The Christianity time it has been converted   into  a church. The priest  sermon area ( arbisis ) is steel remaing  as a half  circle

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ABOVE MOSQUE INSCRIPTION

     This ancient building was transformed to a mosque in 1400's. The year of construction is unknown but it is evident that the building was formerly a Roman temple and a Byzantine church. There is even a possibility for the building to be one of the famous Seven Churches of Christianity.  
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THE PHOTOS OF INSIDE MOSQUE

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AKHİSAR (THYATEIRA)

Anabatours - There Are Too Many Place To See THE CHURCH IN THYATEIRA
The Message to Thyatelra
To the angel of the church in Thyateira write: This is the message from the Son of God, whose eyes blaze like fire; whose feet shine like polished brass:
I Know what you do. I know your love, your faithfulness, your service, and your patience. I know that you are doing more now than you did at first. But there is what I have against you; you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a messenger of God.She teaches and misleads my servants into committing immoraffty and eating food that has been offered to idols.
I have given her time to turn from her sins, but she does not wish to turn from her immorality.
And so I will throw her on a bed where she and those who committed adultary with her will suffer terribly. I will do this now, unless they repent from the wicked things they did with her.
I will also kill her followers, and all the churches will know that I am. He who knows men's thoughts and wishes.
   
 
I will repay each one of you according to what you have done.
But the rest of you in Thyateira have not followed this evil teaching; you have not learned what the other call the deep secrets of Satan'. I will say to you that I will not put any other burden on you.
But you must hold firmly to what you have until I come.
To those who win the victory, who continue to do what I want until the very end, I will give the same authority that I received from my Father. I will give them authority over the nations to rule them with an iron rod and to break them to pieces like clay pots. I will also give them the morning star.
If you have ears, then, listen to what the Spirit says to the churches! Rev.2, 18-28.

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    The town was also crowded with the trade and commerce from AsiaMinor to the East. So. first and foremost.Thyateira was a great commercial center. It lay in an open valley; this situation made the town strategically a most important frontier town and a center of missonary activities to buiId the fourth church here.

    Thyateira had no special religious significance. The town was not a center of early Ceasar worship or that of Greek or Anatolian deities. The local hero-God was called Tyrimus; he appears on the deities. The focal hero- God was called Tyrimus; he appears on the local coins sitting on horseback and armed with a battle axe and a club. The only thing worth notifying about this town from the regilious point of view was a fortunetelling shrine; a female oracle called the Sambathe. It is certain that no threat of prosecution hung over the church in Thyateira.

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Anabatours - There Are Too Many Place To See   Left; Thyateira column ruins. Right; Thyateira, the building with apsis of wall ruins. Anabatours - There Are Too Many Place To See

     In ancient times. Thyateira was an important center of activity. It was on the ancient road from Bosphorus (Istanbul) to Pergamum-Bergama) via Prousa (Bursa) and then to Sardeis fsart) and Laodicea (Denizli). This route was extending to Persia. There was an alternative route to Sardeis via Gordos which implied the importance of the transportation between Lydia capital Sardeis and Thyateira Roads coming from Ephesos (Efes). Smyrna flzmir) and Magnesia ad Spilum (Manisa) were all making a busy intersection at Thyateira. (Akhisar)

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As an important Lydian city, Thyateira was at the center of many small towns and villages administratively and politically bound to itself. The most notable towns of Thyateira were Attaleia (Selcikli, Hadrianapolis Siledik), Yortan (Bostancı). Kalanda (Gelenbe). Nakrasa İlyaslar).

In 1 st and 2nd centuries AD, when Christianity popularity, Roman Emperors were ruthless against the first Christians. The churches were ruined ansi Christianity was prohibited. Despite all these counteractions, Christianity was spreading Art Westearn Anotolia by the help and leadership of apostles like Stiean and St. Paul.

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A Monogram on destuctived
columns in Thyateira

   Thyateira is 100 kms from Izmir. Former .Thyateira was probably founded in the Lydian Period. Later it was captured by Selencus, diadoch King of Syria and Mesopotamia after the death of Alexander the Great.. In the third century B.C. after the defeat of'Antiochus II in the Battle of Magnesia against the Roman  in I 90. the town became part of the Kingdom of Pergamum, and later a Roman possession in 133. Later on, Christianity spread here very rapidly and the town is mentioned amongst the Seven churches of the Apocalypse (book of Revelation).

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Emperor Caracalla stayed here for some time. In the Byzantine period the town flourished, but no historical particulars are known about it.
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    Roman period, an Eros figure in Thyateira. But the wars that broke out towards the end of Byzantine times caused the downfall of the town. In about 1313 AD, it was occupied by Saruhan, the Seljuk Emir of Manisa, And in 1425 The Plain of Akhisar became the scene of a battle against the Turkish adventurer.Cunait. (Cüneyt Bey)

     After Cunaits defeat. Thyateira, now named Akhisar, was occupied by the Ottomans who made it part of their Empire. Today, despite of its long past, Akhisar is a prosperous modem' city and an important commercial center of the Aegean Region. But in present Akhisar there are only a very few remains left from the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine times.

Akhisar, former Thyateira, lies in the long valley through which leads a highway to the West, to Pergamum and far beyond to the Aegean Sea. Westwards, this main road leads to ancient Philadelphia, Sardis and Laodicea, where it links up with the roads both to Smyrna and Ephesus in the West, and with Byzantium and Nicea in the North. Anabatours - There Are Too Many Place To See
So the town was on the gateway from the East to Pergamum, the capital of the province, so it was on the road upon which the imperial post travelled.
Anabatours - There Are Too Many Place To See Left and right; Thyateira ruins Anabatours - There Are Too Many Place To See
Anabatours - There Are Too Many Place To See The Acts of the Apostles reads; We set sail from Troas, making a straight run for Samothrace, and on the next day to Neapolis, and from there to Philip pi, a leading city in that district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We spent some time in that city. On the sabbath we went outside the city gate along the river where we thought there would be a place of prayer. We sat and spoke with the women who had gathered there. One of them, a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth, from the city of Thyateira, a worshiper of God, listened, and the Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what Paul was saying. After she and her household had been baptized, she offered us an invitation, If you consider me a believer in the Lord, come and stay at my home,' and she prevailed on us.

   

To the angel of the church in Thyateira, write this:

The Son of God, whose eyes are like a fiery flame and whose feet are like polished brass, says this: "I know your works, your love, faith, service, and endurance, and that your last works are greater than the first. Yet I hold this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, who teaches and misleads my servants to play the harlot and to eat food sacrificed to idols. I have given her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her harlotry. So I will cast her on a sickbed and plunge those who commit adultery with her into intense suffering unless they repent of her works.

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     I will also put her children to death. Thus shall all the churches come to know that I am the searcher of hearts and minds and that I will give each of you what your works deserve. But I say to the rest of you into Thyateira, who do not uphold this teaching and know nothing of the so- called deep secrets of Satan: on you I will place no further burden, except that you must hold fast to what you have until I come.

Was referenced from ; Dr. Baki Satış's book "İlk Çağdan Günümüze Akhisar (1994)" ve Akhisar Anatolian High School's students Yasemin Algın and B. Bozacı's book " Akhisar'ın Yerel Tarihi". As per the local historian Ekmel Izdem’s indicment “ Yesterday and today’s Akhisar “ book

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