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Near Sart in Salihli (district), Manisa, Turkey
 

Synagogue Forecourt

 
 
Synagogue Forecourt Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 16, 2018
1. Synagogue Forecourt Marker
Inscription.  
English Text:

Fountain
The large krater or vase at the center of the forecourt is a replica of the marble original, a fountain where congregants washed before prayer. Water was supplied by terracotta pipes below the floor. An ingenious valve controlled the water flow. The surrounding pool was originally paved with flat stones, probably marble.

Floor mosaics
The floor mosaics presented complex geometric patterns in a series of small carpet-like patterns. Most of the mosaics were installed or repaired in the 5th and 6th centuries.

Wall decoration in the forecourt
The forecourt walls were originally covered with painted plaster. The marble decoration was added in the 5th or 6th century. Some of the marble slabs were found, still attached to the lower walls. Moldings, capitals, and pieces of the arched frieze depicted kraters, doves, and vines. The frieze was carved in recessed (champlevé) relief and originally painted.
 
Erected by The Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Republic of Turkey, and the Harvard Art Museums and Cornell
Synagogue Forecourt Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 16, 2018
2. Synagogue Forecourt Marker
A close up view of the supposed synagogue forecourt scene, that is displayed on this marker.
University.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionParks & Recreational AreasSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 38° 29.276′ N, 28° 2.44′ E. Marker is near Sart, Manisa, in Salihli (district). Marker can be reached from Kenan Evren Cd. just east of Sart Yolu, on the left when traveling east. This marker is on the grounds of the Sardis Archaeological Park, near the Roman Bath-Gymnasium and affixed to the inside walls of the Synagogue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sart, Manisa 45370, Turkey. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Synagogue (a few steps from this marker); Synagogue - Main Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Bath-Gymnasium Complex (within shouting distance of this marker); (Yakub'un) Boya Dükkáni / (Jacob's) Paint Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Mesken / Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); Roman Avenue (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Lokantalar / Restaurants (about 90 meters away); Boya Dükkán / Paint Shop (about 120 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sart.
 
Synagogue Forecourt Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 16, 2018
3. Synagogue Forecourt Marker
Distant view of the marker, looking across the forecourt of the synagogue.
Synagogue Forecourt image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 16, 2018
4. Synagogue Forecourt
View of the synagogue forecourt, as seen from in front of the featured marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 28, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 27, 2018, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 58 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 27, 2018, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   3. submitted on June 28, 2018, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   4. submitted on June 27, 2018, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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