- admission TL15
Lonely Planet review for Terraced Houses
Across from the Temple of Hadrian, the Terraced Houses cost an additional TL15, but they're worth it. The whole residential area was used originally as a graveyard – the Romans built the actual terraces for their homes over this and other Hellenistic structures. The roofed complex here contains (at present) seven well-preserved Roman homes. As you ascend the snaking stairs throughout the enclosure, detailed signs explain each structure's evolving use during different periods. In dwelling 2, keep an eye out for wall graffiti: these hand-scrawled images include everything from pictures of gladiators and animals to names and love poems. Dwelling 6 once contained a huge marble hall, which has been partly restored, as well as remarkable hot and cold baths (calerium and frigidarium, respectively), dating from the 3rd century AD. Even if you aren't a history buff, the colourful mosaics, painted frescoes and marbles provide breathtaking insight into the lost world of Ephesus and its aristocracy.