Hillside Houses ( Terrace Houses)

Hillside Houses Ephesus

These luxurious Terrace houses used by the wealthy Ephesians between 1st Century AC to 7th Century AC. Terrace houses section 2 was covered in 1999 and protected. These magnificent houses, mosaics and frescos can be visited since 2002.

 

Excavations were done from 1960 to 1985. There were 6 flats at Terrace House 1 were and 7 flats at Terrace House 2. Each flat has three storey. The size of each house was different. In the middle of the each flat there were a court (atrium) and rooms surrounding an open air court which was marble paved. There were mosaic and terracotta floored rooms and wells in the courts. Each flat had a living room, bedrooms, bathroom, restrooms, kitchen and storage rooms. There were paintings on the walls of the houses and the themes of the paintings were divinities and mythological stories. Things found in the excavations are displayed in the Ephesus Museum, Selcuk.  

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