Library Of Celsus, Selcuk

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Address: Efes, 35920 Ephesus, Selcuk, Turkey

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Time Required: 00:45 Mins

Timings: 08:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

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Located within Ephesus, it is one of the most ancient and beautifully structured libraries in the history of world. Build in 117 AD, the magnificent library was a monumental tomb of Gaius Julius, Celsus Polemaenus. He was the governor of the province of Asia. At the entrance, you will see a statue of Athena, as Athena was considered as the goddess of wisdom.

Inside the library, there were nearly 12,000 scrolls of manuscript, preserved in the cupboards in niche on the walls in order to protect them from getting damaged by the outside heat. That’s why, this library was declared as the third richest library after the Alexandra and Pergamum. The library has three entrances and its façade has tow-stories, with Cointhian styled columns, based on the ground floor. There are three windows in the upper story. An overall view of the library will tell you that the columns were built in such a way so as to create an optical trick where the middle column would look bigger in size than the ones located on the sides of facade. This structure gave the library a wider look.

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  • Prefer to visit the place in a guided group in order to understand the history.

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  • On foot

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  • Wonderful and amazing. Visited mid September. Took a taxi from my appartment to the top of Ephesus (Church of the Virgin Mary). If you're visiting during the Summer months, I'd suggest visiting as early as possible (I was there for 9am). You can walk the entire site in 45 minutes, but you'll likely spend at least twice that in appreciation for the architecture. The Turkish tourism website suggested not buying tickets in advance as "there are never a wait" I found this to be true. I paid by card 80 Turkish lira.Whats not included is the Terrace Houses. There are only a few spots throughout the site to stop in the shade. Take an umbrella if any of your group are vulnerable. Baby prams can be taken, I took my 11 month old with a harness and umbrella. She never complained and I spent a little under 2 hours in total.

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  • Very nicely restored. The explanations inside are very helpful. Overall Ephesus is worth a visit. It was extremely hot when we visited. There could be maps provided and better explanation boards could be placed. There are some improvements but any such historical treasure would be much more organized somewhere else.

  • Historically interesting. Much to see to allow your imagination to picture the past. Remarkable restoration works. Must have good guide to provide history and stories of the past.

  • Maybe the best ancient site I have been too.. Read up before you go... timing is important...crowds, temperature need to be considered as very little shade

  • Given the strong presence of the facade, the location within the city and all the history around this building, I was expecting more from the interior space of the library, that seemed somehow little. Nevertheless, just looking at the library facade, you'll feel the importance and magnificence of this building.

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