Marble Street

The part of the Sacred road running between the Library of Celsus and the Grand Theatre is called the Marble Street. The street was paved with large blocks of marble and had herring bone slopes.

On the Mount Pion side it had a portico higher than the street level. The other side was turned into a Doric stoa during the reign of the Emperor Nero. Restoration of the stoa is going on at the moment. The wall pattern on the street side of the stoa which lies about 2.5 metres higher than the street level is very beatiful. In the Byzantine period the top part of this wall was pulled down in order to take the   irons   and   leads holding the blocks of stone, and the lower part which could not be destroyed was broken up.

Along the middle of the street run the sewers large and deep enough for a small chariot to move in easily. The sewers coming from the direction of Mount Pion run into this. On the stoa side of the street a woman, a left foot and a heart were carved into the marble in a section surrounded by an iron fence.

According to some this was the first advertisement in history and was advertising the house of love and showing where it was. Indeed, the house of love was on the left further on. The woman signified that there were women there and the heart that those who wanted could also find love.

Marble Street

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