Sardis, I found haunting. It is remote, very rural and we were alone. The images I have mentally saved are all symmetrical. In this it feels formal, ceremonial. Grave. As another city of renown, it was sure of its impregnable citadel and was (of course) captured in 499 BC. The consequence of that pride lingers.
Just across the road, the Temple of Artemis - worth a google.