House of Love

The building following the Temple of Hadrian is a house with a peristyle known as the House of Love. The statue of Priapus, called the god Bes, on display in the Museum of Ephesus was found in this house.

This statue and the mosaics found on the floor of a room on the west side of the house which showed two women and a man having fun together provided strong argument that this could be a house of love. Of the two storeyed house only the ground floor was preserved. This floor was paved with mosaics and marble and its walls were covered with frescoes. There was a peristyle in the middle and around it were rooms and halls of various sizes. The entrance of the house was on the Curetes Street. As the house was located on a corner another entrance was provided from the Marble Street. In the Byzantine period the front of the entrance on the Curetes Street was   turned   into   a   stoa called Alytarhos.

A well still in use today, located on the side next to the Curetes Street, procured water for the house in times of water cut. The house was built in the reign of Emperor Hadrian (117-138 AD) together with the Latrina and the Temple of Hadrian.

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