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"terraced houses" Terrace Houses Tip by TomorrowsAngel

Terrace Houses, Ephesus: 7 reviews and 13 photos

by TomorrowsAngel

Since these houses are located in the town center they were obviously occupied by important people. The area is called the "Rich Houses" or "Hillside Palace". Every terrace on the stepped street was a home entrance. All were peristyle (with a small pool in the center) and the rooms were arranged around the pool. Most houses were 3-storey not higher than 20 or 25m. Columns were on all sides and the floors were marble. There was running water to the houses, either from a fountain or along the side.
In some houses there were cisterns and wells. Light came in from the open peristyle, but not enough to keep the houses from being dim, since there were no windows. The houses were lighted like the baths were. The floors were mosaic, the walls had frescoes or colored marble.
The houses were built up the first century AD and were used as late as Heraclius' time (611-641) doubtless with multiple restorations.

Address: Ephesus
Directions: On the left side of Curates street

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 14, 2003
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