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The Terrace Houses, located within the ruins of ancient Ephesus, were once the fanciest houses in all of Turkey. Only the most rich and elite Ephesians were residents here in the 6 units (with 3 expansive terraces--hense the name) tucked into the lower slope of Bulbul Mountain. Today, what remains of the Terrace Houses is covered entirely by a milky white dome of fiberglass, designed to protect the ruins from the elements, including the hot Turkish summers. The houses are constantly in a state of restoration, which was evident by couplets of archeologists, excavators, and researchers huddled around various parts of the units. The scope and scale of the excavation and restoration process is quite impressive. The colorful marble walls are slowly being pieced back together in most rooms, but some sections still remained fully intact. As you walked from room to room, level to level, it was easy to see that no ordinary families lived here thousands of years ago. The mosaic tiled floors and uncommon terracotta plumbing lines showed that inhabitants of these apartments were far from void of luxuriousness, at least where the ancient world is concerned. For an extra fee of about 15 Turkish Lira, you too can wander through the homes of Ephesus' rich and famous during your visit to the ruins. Unlike the crumbles of stone and marble outside, the Terraces Houses shed light on the more complex lives of ancient Ephesians. These apartments are not to be missed!
You can find more from our visit to Ephesus here.