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Ephesus South stoa on kouretes street

Ephesus South stoa on kouretes street

Excavations in 1958 uncovered the Stoa of Alytarches, on the south side of Kouretes Street and the shops below the terrace houses.

The shops on the bottom level of the terrace houses had two stories. The upper story was left free for the owners. It turns out that one of the shops was a restaurant.

In front of the shops, parallel to Kouretes Street, was a stoa. Its mosaic floor was removed during the initial excavations; it was remounted in its original place many years later, when more emphasis was placed on restoration. The mosaics, which are from the fifth to sixth centuries CE, show lively geometric motifs and birds. The restored stoa has become one of the most impressive structures in Ephesus.