Located in Salihli, district of Manisa province, the ancient city of Sardis was once the capital of the Lydian Empire, and the first city where money was coined. Mentioned in the book of Revelation, Sardis is considered a sacred center as it is the site of one of the seven holy churches that played a major role in spreading Christianity to the west.

Located 5 km north of the ancient city of Sardis, Bin Tepeler (the Thousand Mounds) is the site where the magnificent royal cemetery of Lydia is situated. Both regions are candidates for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List.