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Curetes Street 1
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A view looking west down the 690 ft. long Curetes Street from the Hercules Gate toward the Library—at the far end of the street.  In ancient times it was called the Embolos.  This was one of the main boulevards of Ephesus, equipped with porticoes and marble paving.  A drainage channel ran under the 30 ft. wide street.

Shops (tabernae) lay behind the 12 ft. deep porticoes on each side of the street.  Along the street, there were many inscribed bases that supported marble or bronze statues of elite citizens and benefactors of the city.