Library Of Celsus, Selcuk

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Address: Efes, 35920 Ephesus, Selcuk, Turkey

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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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  • Standing structure amazing to witness. Good to read up the history before visiting! Will really make the visit really meaningful.

  • An impressive building and amazing walk through the ancient buildings. You can also see some of the sites where the Apostle Paul preached the gospel. It is worth having a guide to explain the significance of the buildings.

  • Great historical place. Best to read about it before if are visiting without a guide! Very interesting !

  • It looks stunning. A very well preserved/restored Roman structure. Perfect Wallpaper pic, won't be disappointed

  • 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.

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