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Flag of Aydın Province - Image by Tomislav Šipek, 16 October 2017
The flag of Aydın Province (photo) is white with the provincial emblem.
Tomislav Šipek & Ivan Sache, 16 October 2017
Flag of AYESOB - Image by Ivan Sache, 3 November 2019
The flag of AYESOB (photo, photo, photo, photo) is pinkish with the union's emblem, which features the ruins of the bath-gymnasium of Tralles (photo).
Tralles was founded, it is said, by the Argians and Thracians, and is situated on one of the slopes of Mount Messogis in the valley of the Meander; it was one of the most populous and richest cities of Lydia. King Attalus had a splendid palace there.
Tralles was destroyed by an earthquake but was rebuilt by Augustus and took the name of Caesarea. Christianity was introduced at a very early date. In his famous letter to the Church at Tralles, St. Ignatius of Antioch says that their bishop, Polybius, visited him at Smyrna, and he puts them on their guard against Docetism.
Towards 1270 Andronicus, son of Michael VIII Palaeologus, rebuilt and repeopled the city; it then numbered 36,000 inhabitants, but it was not long before it was retaken and demolished by the Turks. The emir Aïdin then gave it the name which it still bears.
[ Catholic Encyclopaedia]
Tralles was the birth place of the architect and geometer Anthemius of Tralles (c. 474-533/558), who was commissioned with Isidore of Miletus by Emperor Justinian to design the Church of the Holy Wisdom (Hagia Sophia) in Byzantium. His brother Alexander of Tralles was one of the most famous physicians of the time, known ion the Roman world as Alexander the Physician.
Ivan Sache, 3 November 2019