"Most famous street at Ephesus" Curetes Street Tip by Willettsworld

Curetes Street, Ephesus: 27 reviews and 49 photos

This street is the most famous of the three remaining main streets at Ephesus and leads uphill from the Library of Celsus. It took its name from the priests who were called Curetes and their names were written in the Prytaneion.

There were fountains, monuments, statues and shops on either side of the street. The shops on the south side were two-storied. Ephesus had many earthquakes in which many structures including Curetes Street were damaged. These damages affected columns which were restored, but after an earthquake in the 4th century, the columns were replaced by ones brought from different buildings in the city. The differences between the design of the columns can be seen today. The street takes its appearance from the 4th century. There were also many houses on the slope of the hill which were used by the richest of Ephesians. Under the houses there were colonnaded galleries with mosaics on the floor. Located in front of the shops was a roof to protect the pedestrians from sun or rain.

Directions: Between Hercules Gate and Celsus Library

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  • Written Mar 7, 2010
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