The Wall Paintings at Terrace House 2: Conservation Project
Brochure Completed & Future Rooms Loved by visitors and appreciated by scientists Terrace House 2 in Ephesos is a unique testimony for living culture in the past. The building covers an area of 4000 square metres overful with precious mosaic pavements, marble veneer and wall paintings.

A modern shelter covers the outstanding heritage of the Roman Imperial era and allows an impressive sightseeing-tour, where one cannot stop being astonished.

The 2000 years old, lavishly decorated frescoes belong to the best preserved examples of their kind and offer a touching glimpse into the private life of our ancestors.

Although the paintings are not exposed to sunlight, their deterioration continues due to fluctuation of temperature and humidity, dust, pollution and biogenic infestation. Cracks and gaps are the result of numerous earthquakes and slope pressure. For a sustainable preservation of the frescoes a long term conservation strategy and maintenance is urgently needed.

Help us to protect the wall paintings in Terrace House 2 ! Your contribution will save this exceptional World Heritage for future generations.

  • Room of the Muses (SR 19/20)
    Conservation of the wall paintings
    Costs: € 80.000
    Start: May 2016
    End: July 2016
    Sponsored by Ford Otomotiv San.

  • Mosaic Pavement (SR 22/23)
    Conservation of the mosaic pavement
    Costs: € 20.000
    Start: March 2016
    End: May 2016
    Sponsored by Kibar Holding

Serapeion Research & Anastylosis
The Serapeion of Ephesos is one of the best preserved temples in Anatolia.
It was built during the Roman Empire (2nd century AD.) and was probably dedicated to the Egyptian God Serapis.

The Ephesus Foundation together with the Austrian Archaeological Institute plan to re-erect parts of the temple, in particular some columns and the entrance door, as well as the pediment, of which nearly 100% are preserved. The pediment will be presented to the public reconstructed on the ground. Anastylosis work will be on parallel to excavations around the temple building itself in order to get more information about purpose and building techniques of the temple, and to uncover architectural parts still underground.

In 2011-2015 premlinary work of the Serapeion project was completed:

● documenting the condition of the building,
● understanding how the building looked like in antiquity,
● learning more about how it was built,
● documenting how much original material is preserved and
● checking if and which of the remaining buidling material is solid enough for re-erection.

Next step is the construction of a workshop and depot for the Serapeion project in 2016.