Metropolis is a city of the Mother Goddess in Ionia. The classical city of Metropolis is situated 45 km from Izmir and the Aegean coast overlooking the Torbal plain alongside the İzmir - Aydn motorway. In classical times the communication route was the Cayster River (Küçük Menderes) and Metropolis lay at the mid point between Smyrna and Ephesus. Lying beneath the classical city are Neolithic and Bronze Age settlements - and above the classical city is a Byzantine settlement and fort, also used during the Ottoman period. Metropolis lived its golden era during the Late Hellenistic Period. Altars were erected in honour of Emperor Augustus during Roman Imperial Period. It became a bishopric in the Age of Byzantine Empire.