Tuesday, November 27, 2012

2012 SFC- The Apartments

A fairly recent addition to Ephesus is the excavation of the terrace houses on the hillside overlooking the main section of Ephesus.  These apartments are slowly being rebuilt, retaking the shape they had centuries ago.

The entire site is covered and scaffolded, so visitors can closely inspect the restoration work in progress.

City living, circa year 1.

The floor mosaics are almost all original.

The work is painstaking.

Obviously, some new supports must be used.

Look at the patterns in the rock walls.

Tiny pieces of broken frescoes are pieced back together.

And the buildings slowly take shape.

Can you imagine, just for a moment, these frescoes and mosaics, freshly painted and tiled, the birds on the walls vivid, and the tilework gleaming?

A very, very slow process.

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