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Ephesus, Street of the Curetes

Ephesus (modern Selçuk): ancient Greek town in western Turkey, one of the largest and best excavated cities of the ancient world.

Mosaic in the Alytarchus Stoa

Named after the curetes, the priests of the city's protective deity Artemis, the Street of the Curetes was one of the main streets in ancient Ephesus. Along this colonnaded street, people could see stoas, statues, mosaics, and reliefs: the Ephesians wanted to impress their visitors. Among the monuments were the Fountain of Trajan and the Temple of Hadrian.

Today, it is hard to appreciate it because it is the main route of the tourists between the State Agora and the Library of Celsus.