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View looking west at shops (tabernae) on the south side of Curetes Street. These shops were embedded in the hill and were part of the lower portions of the Elite Houses that were above them—some remnants visible.
Note the three statue bases on the left. These bases supported marble or bronze statues of elite citizens and benefactors of the city. Between the bases and the opening to the shops is a mosaic pavement of a portico that was covered.
Curetes Street is 690 ft. long and runs from the Hercules Gate to the Library on the west. 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 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.