Curetes Street

Ephesus Curetes Street
Ephesus Curetes Street

Curetes Street locates Between the Hercules Gate and the Celcus Library starts. This sacred path was used as a sacred road which was used by the Curetes and it continued its existence contrary to the hippodamic system of the Hellenistic-Roman city.

During excavation of building Prytaneion the archaeologists found an inscription on the street and also in written about Curetes who were mentioned as semi-gods the mythology. It is thought that the street was called as Curetes. The street is largely paved in marble and there are also stone pavements. Under the street there is a deep drain pipe. Some roads also connected to the Crutes Street horizantally in accordance with the grid iron plan of the city.

Using as a sacred route Curetes Streets of Ephesus, it was for the ceremonies which were held for the honour of Goddess Artemis. The Hellenistic road dating back to the 2nd century BC, many statues standing on the pedestals on the right hand side were hosted these statues were belonging to the important figures of ancient city of Ephesus. Later on the both side of the Curetes Street trade and artisans shops were built. Now some of the remains, near Octagon, Heroon of Arsinoe at the west end of the street Curetes Street are still visible.