Street of the Curetes

This street, which starts at the Celsus Library and extends east to the Magnesia Gate, is known as the Street of the Curetes, and takes its name from the class of priests referred to as “curetes” in long lists found at the clerical schovl of chief priests. These priests guarded the sacred fire of the Goddess Hestia (Vesta). The street is decorated with fountains, monuments, statues, and galleries containing mosaics. On one side there are shops behind the columned porticoes.

The street assumed its final appearance in the 4th and 5th centuries.