EPHESUS TERRACE HOUSES

Terrace houses stand in one of the most glorious cities of the Mediterranean. Surprisingly, their unique architecture could reach to today. They show us the middle and the high class lifestyles of Roman Age.

When Lysimakhos were rebuilding the city, they used parallel and perpendicular constructions system as in Ionia. According to this plan, this city has been divided into square units based on the Curettes Street.

The houses are located in the north side of Mount Bulbul (Bulbuldag). The region covers 4000 square metre of land. They are covered with additional buildings. It is so remarkable that the houses reached to today. The effort on the ground mosaics shows us how Roman mosaic art important is.

The house styles called Terrace House 2 is constituted of 7 residences settled on 3 terraces. Terrace House 2 provides researchers many opportunities to observe Roman residence culture. These houses have been used until the earthquakes devastate them around 270-280 AD.  Especially in Terrace House 2, it is possible to observe changes occurred between 25-50 AD and 270-280 AD. Between these years, it is possible to observe socio-economical changes or lifestyles of residents.

Ephesus Terrace House 2 is a perfect reference for the history, science and culture. It is a building which is difficult to make its restoration and conservation.

It has been decided to cover the monument with a tent roof after the excavations in 1970 and 1980’s. However it took 38 years to have the public opening.

After considering the earlier mistakes, it has been respected to the details about the weather. It has been decided to cover the houses with a roof to protect the building from the UV rays and to provide natural ventilation (air circulation). Finally the building was covered with stainless steel and tissue on it.

The Ephesus Terrace Houses 2 were opened to public in 2000. There is also a museum which gives details about the ruins.
The houses which are still having restoration have been visited from more than 150 thousands of people in 2014.

Peacock is a bird that was mostly petted in Roman epoch. Especially rich people had them in their gardens. Their wings were so aesthetic therefore many of them decorated the houses’ walls.

 

 

 

 
 

A peacock illustrated on wall in Taberna

  

  Peacock in our design

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