Sardis Synagogue Atrium



The ancient synagogue of Sardis, which is the largest outside of Israel, is part of a large bathing complex. Originally a Roman basilica style building, the structure was redesigned at the end of the 2nd century A.D. as a synagogue, where 1,000 worshipers could congregate at one time. Here we see the colonnaded courtyard that leads into the synagogue from the east.