Library Of Celsus

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

About Library Of Celsus, Selcuk

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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  • Well preserved landmark. The whole walk was cool. Unfortunately many of the stone pieces are replicas with the originals sitting in museums. That's as it maybe should be, but detracts from the feel of authenticity. It was cool to see the active archeological dig ongoing. Definitely the thing to see if staying in Kuşadası.

  • This is an amazing archaeological site with a rich history. The only downside is that you must use their local tour guides and it’s difficult to find a good one.

  • Stunning and well preserved historical site. Came in October and the weather was a bit cool in the morning but warmed up nicely in the afternoon. Definitely read up before to get the most out of your visit.

  • A must-see place in the world. WoW and great antique city. You will miss a great history if you are around and not go there.

  • This is one of the most important archaeological building of the ancient era. From Kusadasi is very easy to get there and visit it.

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