Curettes Road, Ephesus
Favorite thing: The Curetes Way is essentially the main thoroughway through Ephesus. It begins at the Library of Celsus and heads up to Gate of Hercules. Along the way you pass by several important monuments such as the Temple of Hadrian and the Terraced Houses.
Most tours start at the upper gate and take you down this main-street, leading directely to the famous Celsus-Library
In many places you will be offered antiques by locals, who pretend to have dug them out somewhere themselves - this might be correct sometimes, but it is of course a severe crime to buy these things, and if they catch you, you might even go to prison - not really a good way to explore Turkey...
It is the small portion of the sacred way, running between the Celsus Library and the Hercules Gate. It took its name from the class of priests referred to as "curettes" in long lists found at the clerical school of priests. Colonnaded galleries with mosaics on the floor were located on both sides of the street with a roof to protect the pedestrians from sun or rain.
There were also fountains, monuments, statues and shops on the sides of the street. The shops on the south side were two-storied. Ephesus had many earthquakes, in which many structures including the Curetes Street were damaged. These damages especially on the columns were restored by the new ones, but after the earthquake in the 4th century, the columns were replaced by the other ones brought from different buildings in the city.
The differences between the design of the columns can be seen today. The street has its appearance from the 4th century.
When-ever I came back to Ephesus again, I saw something new again, like in 1990 the recently restored " Houses on the hills " with its great mosaiques
and as there is certainly much more to be seen today, I will try to return as soon as possible
Favorite thing: Great view of Ephesus...You have to climb (with a taxi) to the entrance to the site...At some point, you will look upon the grace of the city of Ephesus, with its main promenade..just great.