Terrace House 2 in Ephesos
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Located in the city center of Ephesos and spanning 4,000 m² of prime real estate, Terrace House 2 was a luxurious apartment complex built in the Roman imperial period. Seven exquisitely furnished apartments stretch across three terraces, their excellent state of preservation making it possible to admire columned courtyards, dining halls, and reception rooms with impressive marble revetments, mosaics, and wall paintings. The owners of these apartments belonged to the social elite, such as Caius Flavius Furius Aptus, who constructed a magnificent city palace. Built during the reign of the emperor Tiberius in the early first century A.D., Terrace House 2 was inhabited until the late third century, when it was completely destroyed by a severe earthquake. Today the unique monument is protected by a modern roof construction. An elevated walkway over the site makes it possible for visitors to gain insight into the daily life of the urban elite, while finds are exhibited in the Efes Müzesi in Selçuk. This guide describes the monument in all of its dimensions and also provides information about life and culture in Roman Ephesos.