Library Of Celsus

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  • 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

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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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  • 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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  • 39.25% of people start their Library Of Celsus visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

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  • Ephesus is of course a must-see if you're in Turkey. It's crowded and hot, so bring a hat, water and good walking shoes. You will need all three. Go early. The site is huge and you can spend easily an entire day here. I recommend buying the Aegean Museum Pass which also includes the terraced houses (don't miss those!) and the museum in Selçuk, also worth a visit. Ephesus is an amazing place, and if you love history this is one of the places to be. We took the upper entrance to the site with a reasonable fee for parking and horrendous prices at the vendors booth (including toilets - no toilets within the site).

  • Jewel crown of Ephesus City, dates back to the time of Alexander the Great, the earliest settlements in the area were around 1350 BC, if I am not mistaken. As I know, the city was a center for commerce and art. There is a lot to read about, so much history. Some says only %15-20 of artifacts has been extracted yet. Don't miss.

  • A must see UNESCO world heritage site. Advise to take sling sunhat, enough drinking water and wear proper walking shoes. Lots of walking, plenty of inclines. You can also opt for the horse and cart at a fee which would take you up to the cave of the sleepers. Located about 3kms from selcuk town, most friendly and helpful city I have been to. Would return again

  • This place one of the seven Wonder of the world. One of the largest Roman and Greek archaeological sites in the eastern Mediterranean. The ruins give you idea of the city's originals. The site was partially restored by Germans under UNISCO chartered.The names associated with the ruins are evocative of its former life.

  • Magnificent reconstruction of a major archaeological treasure, sitting within one of the worlds most impressive ancient cities. Highly recommended and make sure that you visit the terraced houses too.

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