ANCIENT EPHESUS AND THE TERRACE HOUSES
Ancient Ephesus is the most-prized treasure of Turkey. The UNESCO-listed open-air museum is one of the best-preserved ruins of the Hellenistic-Roman era and presents you with a wonderful opportunity to learn more about life in one of the most important eras of civilization.
As you walk through the cobbled streets exploring the remains of Ephesus, it is easy to imagine what a romantic and picturesque city it would have been to live in. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to discover the empire’s third-biggest library, Celsus, the formidable gate’s built by Emperor Hadrian and the Great Theatre which seated up to 25,000 spectators.
Among the highlights of Ephesus is undoubtedly the Terrace Houses – also known as the “houses of the rich”. It was here that the most affluent members of Ephesus resided and it’s still possible to see the wealth of mosaics and frescoes that were fashionable during that period.
Tips for the Terrace Houses
The terrain around the Terrace Houses is very uneven and does not have accessibility for wheelchairs. We recommend visitors are able to walk approximately 1.5 miles and wear comfortable walking shoes.
The midday sun can also reach high temperatures so wear suitable clothing and bring a hat, sunscreen, water, and insect repellent.