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Ephesus Curetes street

Ephesus Curetes street

When Leto, impregnated by Zeus, lay in labor pains, the kourates made loud noises so that the jealous Hera did not find out about the birth; thus, Leto was able to deliver her children free from care. Thus the divine twins Apollo and Artemis were born. According to legend, the kourates, the monks of Ephesus, were demigods. In the beginning, there were six monks and later, nine. Kourates Street, named after these monks, runs between the Gate of Herakles and the Library of Celsus. It is paved with slabs of marble; beneath the pavement, it has a complete system of drain pipes.

After an earthquake in the fourth century CE, it was completely restored with building materials rifled from various places. Rows of little shops lined both sides of Kouretes Street, in colonnaded galleries with mosaic floors. Based decorated with inscriptions, on which stood statues of citizens who had rendered service to the city, also stood on both sides of the street. One of these still stands in its original place. The inscription tells us that this statue portrayed a doctor, Alexandros.