Library Of Celsus

Currently Open [Closes at 07:00 pm]
  • Address: Efes, 35920 Ephesus, Selcuk, Turkey
  • Timings: 08:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 00:45 Mins
  • Tags: Library, Educational Site, Family And Kids

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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  • On foot

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  • Library Of Celsus Address: Efes, 35920 Ephesus, Selcuk, Turkey
  • Library Of Celsus Timing: 08:00 am - 07:00 pm
  • Library Of Celsus Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Library Of Celsus(preferred time): 08:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Time required to visit Library Of Celsus: 00:45 Mins
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  • 95% of people who visit Selcuk include Library Of Celsus in their plan

  • 43.08% of people start their Library Of Celsus visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Library Of Celsus

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

70.25% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Library Of Celsus

People normally club together Great Theatre and Ancient City Of Ephesus while planning their visit to Library Of Celsus.

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  • One of the biggest libraries of the Roman and Byzantine times, the facade still reveals the magnificence that would have been. Tip: Ephesus has two gates. You can cover the entire place with stops for pictures and examining structures around at normal pace in 3 hours if you start at one gate and end at the other.

  • For those who like to visit ruins..this is great! Ephesus has some of the best preserved ruins I have ever seen! (and I've been to Athens as well!). So much of Ephesus has been preserved, and walking down the streets of ancient Ephesus was truly amazing!

  • This is the best part of Ephesus. It's the part that is most restored and it's what Ephesus is known for. You should definitely come and see this and you will walk right by it on the way. We came here by evening, about 30 minutes before they closed and we were able to get pictures with very few people on.

  • Absolutely stunning place. If your in this region of Turkey, its a must if you havnt seen it before. 1 of the ancient 7 wonders of the world! If you want some history on the place there is history boards around the place but I suggest you go one better and get yourself a guide. They are friendly and know there stuff. Go and be impressed.

  • One of the great attractions inside the ruins of Ephesus. The library carries the signs of great roman empire. It was built in memory of roman senator Celsus. Later it was destroyed by an earthquake with the whole city. The front part of the structure is almost intact. The sculptures on the wall and the Latin writings will make u feel the ancient ambience.

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