Ephesus Terrace Houses (Hillside Houses)

Hillside houses are known as Terrace Houses or Houses of rich. Most of Hillside Houses started to be built in 1.century Bc. The most qualified and wealthy social class of Ephesus was living in these luxuries houses which were decorated with frescoes on the walls and mosaic for the floors.

Hillside houses faces out onto Curetes Street. Each house had a door which opened onto the side street from a terrace and a peristyle (courtyard) surrounded by rooms.

Hillside houses were three storeyed and the courtyards in the center measured between 25-50 meters. each house had its own clean running water system, heated rooms, private baths and toilets.

Unfurtunately Hillside houses were destroyed by a big earthquake and collapsed totally at the last quarter of 3. Century Ad. After Hillside Houses were collapsed, they abandoned by wealthy social class of Ephesus City. Some parts of Slope Houses were used by craftsmen as workshops.

After the abandonce of Ephesus City, Hillside Houses were totally covered by nature. Excavations are still going on Hillside Houses and site is open to public with an additional fee.

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