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“Ancient Ephesus' festive main street a joy for all to see”
Review of Curetes Street

Curetes Street
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Private Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Tour from Izmir
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Owner description: One of the main streets through the city, it was once lined with fountains, monuments and various shops and galleries.
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“Ancient Ephesus' festive main street a joy for all to see”
Reviewed 8 March 2014

It's best to enter the site at the upper entrance to descend this street slowly, visiting all it offers and enjoying the view of the Library at the foot of the street.

Visited March 2014
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“The most picturesque street of Ephesus”
Reviewed 30 November 2013

The Street took its name from Curetes, known in Mythology for the big noise they produced. They gave inspiration to a class of priests in Ephesus .Their names are written at the Prytaneion. During special ceremonies, dressed with peculiar uniforms, Curetes priests followed the processional way, from Celsus Library to the Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 Wonders ot that time.The street starts at Domitian Square and goes downhill to Celsus Library. The view is great, because you may see the Library from above, but also the harbour of Ephesus in the background. One of the 3 main streets in Ephesus, it had every kind of building: Temples, 2-storied shops, villas of rich Ephesians with pillared courtyards covered with various mosaics, fountains, monuments, statues, etc. It gives an example of how beautiful Ephesus must have been. Before the 4th c.big earthquake there were pillared porticos in front of the shops, to protect the pedestrians from rain and sun. The street was originally paved by marble. The divisioned circles on the pavement were used either for sundial or to play checkers. There were a lot of statues on both sides of the street, statues of Ephesians who had helped the city to become so famous.

Visited July 2013
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“Street of a Hundred Pillars”
Reviewed 30 October 2013

The enormous length of this street, all the way from the Heracles Gate to the Celsus Library, is it main source of interest. It does contain a dramatic procession of pillars that used to hold up the two-storied shops that once lined it, and many have carvings of some beauty and interest. But they may not necessarily be original, as the street came crashing down in the 4th Cent. AD, and new pillars wee imported from other parts of the city. The entire street is quite well paved, but I am not sure how original the present tiles are.

Visited October 2013
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“Walking on History”
Reviewed 24 October 2013

This street leads you down the hill to the Celsus Library and on the left hand side is the new excavations. Hoping to return one day to see what they find there!

Visited September 2013
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“Well preserved ruins”
Reviewed 16 October 2013

We came to Ephesis on a Celebrity Cruise stop over. Unfortunately, on the morning of the stop over, before disembarking I ate some frozen strawberries that made me very sick.

We were on a tour that covered the virgin Mary’s house on the hill, and the ruined city of Ephesus.
Despite being sick and feeling awful, I could appreciate the beauty and the significance of this site, and even managed to take a few pics.

The ancient steet of Curetes is where you will begin your tour, and takes you down hill to the Temple of Hadrian. There are lots of pillars and columns, and also some modern graffiti (see my pictures).
It’s a tour that’s definitely worth doing. I hope to get back here one day, when I’m feeling better.

Visited November 2012
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