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54 Days at Sea — Ephesus terrace houses


Ephesus Terrace House

For a look at how the rich lived in Ephesus, all you need do is visit one of several terrace houses that have been undergoing excavation and restoration since 1960. Two are complete, and others are undergoing active restoration.

Ephesus Terrace House undergoing restoration

These structures are quite impressive, with peristyle courtyards and grand arched ceilings.

Ephesus Terrace House

A translucent structure protects the terrace house below as it undergoes restoration.

Ephesus Terrace House

Inside these terrace houses you’ll find artifacts, such as pottery.

Pottery in an Ephesus Terrace House

Bu the most fascinating details are found on the fresco-covered walls and intricate mosaic-tiled floors.

Ephesus Terrace House Frescos

Ephesus Terrace House Frescos

Wednesday I’ll present a closer look at some really outstanding examples of the mosaic floors in these terrace homes.

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Fun Photo Friday — 54 Days at Sea; Ephesus Street Scenes


Meeting at the Library

Street photography is fun.  But street photography that mixes ancient ruins with modern tourists is a blast:

Harbour Street

In Formation

Rush Hour at the Forum

Ephesus Columns

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54 Days at Sea — Ephesus Architecture Part 2


Ephesus Amphitheater and columns lining Harbour Street

Above you’ll see a photograph of the 24,000-seat Ephesus Amphitheater, and running along the front of the image is the column-lined Harbour Street. Harbour Street (also Arcadian Street) linked the main city to the natural harbor and existed for most of the city’s existence. But, this is no longer the case. Erosion of the cultivated land and river silt from the Küçükmenderes River filled the natural harbor. Today, the harbor is filled, the coastline lies some 2 to 2½ miles/3 to 4 kilometers distant, and the city was abandoned when it could no longer serve as a port.

Ephesus, Turkey

Here is a view of the Fountain of Trajan (more images below):

Fountain of Trajan

Another image of the arch to the Temple of Hadrian:

Temple of Hadrian

This view of the Library of Celsus awaits you in Ephesus:

Library of Celsus

I don’t have any information on this particular relief, but it appears to be an image of one of the Gorgon, possibly Medusa:

Ephesus, Turkey

Now for more fun architectural images from Ephesus:

Fountain of Trajan

Fountain of Trajan

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