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Terrace Houses in Ephesus, Turkey


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Terrace Houses are most probably the most important recent archaeological discovery in Turkey and Mediterranean Region. Houses used to belong to the richest people living in Ephesus. Terrace Houses, also known as ''Slope Houses'' are located in the middle of Ephesus Ancient City, in front of famous Celsus Library of Ephesus. Today houses have a great level of preservation and they have been open for tourist visits since 2008. Seven units can be seen and the first unit with it's majestic welcoming hall is the most astonishing one. While you are walking through these houses, used between 1C BC up to 7C AD, you will understand how rich those people were. Beautiful mosaics and frescos makes you to understand what was called luxury. Thanks to well preserved rooms and plans of these houses, you will understand how was the life in those days. One of the earliest central heating systems, ''hypocaust'' can be found in Ephesus, Terrace Houses.

Ephesus, Turkey Crash Course

  • Home of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world: The Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, was in Ephesus.
  • Celsus Library: There are visible ruins of a library which was built in the name of Proconsul Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemeanus which housed nearly 15,000 scrolls.
  • Population: Ephesus used to be a Roman city with population of 250.000 people. It was the second largest city of the Roman Empire.
  • History: Ephesus dates back to some time between 1500-1000 B.C.
  • Restoration: Ephesus was discovered in 1800s and the ancient city is still being restored. Today only around ten percent of the city is open for the public visit.
  • Diverse: A big city not just for pagans. Christians, Jews, Egyptians and many more nations were living in Ephesus.
  • Religious: Ephesus was one of the most important cities for early Christianity, that the third ecumenical council was held there in A.D. 431.
  • Ephesus was the site of Saint Paul's ministry for three years.
  • Home of Heraclitus Presocratic philosopher, Zeuxis (5th century BC) painter, Agasias (2nd century BC) Greek sculptors, Manuel Philes (c. 1275 – 1345) Byzantine poet.
  • Current Ephesus: Ephesus is now Selçuk, located on the Asian side of Turkey (Anatolia). Ephesus is still considered to be one of the biggest ancient sites in the world and attracts millions of people every year.
  • Ephesus was visited by Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II.
  • Ephesus Amphitheater used to host 25.000 people!
  • There was totally 127 columns on the Temple of Artemis before ''Herostratus'' burned it down to become famous.

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