Thyatira was an ancient Greek city, which was given its name by King Seleucus I Nicator during the Hellenistic era around 290 BC. The name of the city is said to mean “daughter” although it has been said the word was probably Lydian origin.

During the Roman era, 1st century AD, the city was famous for its colouring and dye and was the main exporter of purple cloth. Due to the master dyers being in the city, many guilds were created for this trade and other artisans joined and added their guilds to the list including wool-workers, leather workers, potters, bakers as well as many others.

During the early days of Christianity, the city of Thyatira played as being one the Seven Churches of the Book of Revelation.  The Apostle Paul and Silas stayed with a woman named as Lydia who came from Thyatira, who has lead to theologian saying he would have visited the city.

Today Thyatira resides in the city of Akhisar which remains a trade hub for the region, although now produces very different items such as olives and olive oil.

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