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Terrace Houses

The plan of Terrace Houses

Since these houses are located in the town center they were obviously occupied by important people. The area is therefore called the "Rich Houses" or "Hillside Palace". Every terrace on the stepped street was a home entrance. All were Socratesperistyle (with a small pool in the center) and the rooms were  arranged around the pool. Most houses were three-story not higher than 20 or 25 m. Columns were on all sides and the floors were marble. There as running water to the houses, either from a fountain or along the side. In some houses there were even cisterns and wells. Light came in from the open eristyle, 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 precious finds from the houses are on display in the Ephesus Museum.




The houses were built up the first century AD and were used as late as Heraclius' time (611-641) doubtless with multiple restorations.

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