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The Terrace Houses

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Address: Selcuk 35148, Turkey

Wealthy Ephesians inhabited these luxurious houses on the slopes of Bülbül...

Wealthy Ephesians inhabited these luxurious houses on the slopes of Bülbül Mountain.

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An absolute must when at Ephesus, if only for the shade.

This was worth the extra entry fee. We went at the hottest part of the day to Ephesus, and were thankful for a few minutes out of the sun. The Terrace Houses were beautifully... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was worth the extra entry fee. We went at the hottest part of the day to Ephesus, and were thankful for a few minutes out of the sun. The Terrace Houses were beautifully preserved and the site was set up in such a way that it was possible to see the beautiful mosaics and frescoes from all angles -... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

The Terrace Houses are an amazing sight and worth every penny of their ticket. According to my guide there are only 2 sights in the world where you can see decorated interiors and these places are Pompei and Ephesus, well let me tell you that these are wonderful. The lavishness of the interiors, the mosaics and the walls, are second... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

What a fabulous use of your time and energy! Not suitable for those not good with stairs or uneven surfaces. At a very reasonable cost of 20tl per person, I would consider this excellent value for money. The quality of the restoration work is truly breathtaking and the guides were extremely knowledgeable but humerous with it. The numerous rooms are... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

These gave good examples of how the wealthy residents might have decorated and finished the walls in their houses.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

These houses were underground for hundreds of years until excavations began so they are remarkably well preserved. This is a don't miss opportunity. The frescoes alone are worth it, but so is seeing the way the homes were laid out. Here you can get a real sense of how people lived in the ancient world. Be warned, there is a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

This is part of Ephesus site at extra cost (20 lire). Need to climb up terraces and walk down. Excavated high status houses with original mosaic floors and frescoes on walls. Large area of six original houses, some excavation still going on. All covered so shaded and protected from rare rain showers. A must for ancient history lovers.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The terrace houses which are within the area of Ephesus, require a separate entrance fee and are cordoned off. The art work is impressive, but most of all you are out of the sun.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

It was kind of a pricey add on and does require a lot of stairs (but easy stairs, not narrow or steep). They are still working in this area and with a good guide we learned a lot and it was amazing how advanced they were back then or how little we have come. Very pretty tile work throughout. This... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Though it costs extra to visit Terraced houses in Ephesus, it is worth the visit because of we get an idea about layout of each part of the house. With the original paintings still in intact, visiting terraced houses is like journey back in time and good history lesson on how people lived.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Our second visit to Ephesus but the first time inside The Terrace Houses and we were absolutely amazed by the amount there is to see; the room layouts, decoration, even paintings on the walls. It gives such a good picture of how these people lived.

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