Terrace Houses (Slope Houses) of Ephesus
Archaeologisits have been excavating 7 houses owned by the richest Ephesians.
Terrace Houses of Ephesus
Many of them were two storied houses and had peristyles Peristyle meaning that each home had a courtyard surrounded by rooms without windows. Above the courtyard there was an opening for fresh air and when it rained, rain water was collected either in a pool or a well. Floors of the homes were decorated with marble and mosaics. The walls with stucco having mythological scenes. They were luxuriously furnished private houses with fountains, private baths and central heating. Between the street and houses was a portico with a mosaic floor, behind which were shops. Their homes were single family homes. Homes were made, quite often, of brick with red tile roofs, with rooms arranged around a central courtyard. The windows and balconies faced the courtyard, not the street, to keep homes safe from burglars. There was very little furniture, and no carpeting. Wealthy Romans might have a house with a front door, bedrooms, an office, a kitchen, a dining room, a garden, a temple, an atrium, a toilet, and a private bath.
Vsitors who would like to visit this site should expect so many steps going up and going down. You will be walking on some transparent floors which enable you to see the below. Million of US Dollars are spent for these excavations. A special fiber above the complex avoid the sun light which could fade the stuccos. There is an extra admission of 20 TL (equivalent of 4.5 Euros) to visit this extraordinary site.
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