Bibliotheque de Celsus, Selcuk

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Standing on its nine-step platform, Bibliotheque de Celsus was first built in 117 CE as a mausoleum for Roman senator Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus. The two-story facade, which features three pairs of Corinthian columns, resembles the portico of an ancient Greek theater. The richly decorated library was destroyed in a fire in 262 CE, but was restored to the original design during the 1960s and 1970s. Note the statues in the niches between the doors, modern copies symbolizing wisdom, knowledge, intelligence, and virtue. The niches on the interior walls at one time held the scrolls of 12,000 manuscripts. Put Bibliotheque de Celsus into our Selcuk travel tool to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Selcuk.
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  • The Celsus Library is a remarkable building, the front of which has been amazingly well-preserved and restored throughout times. Good place to make photo shoots. 
    The Celsus Library is a remarkable building, the front of which has been amazingly well-preserved and restored throughout times. Good place to make photo shoots.  more »
  • The reconstructed façade of the library is absolutely lovely to contemplate - the color of the stone, the balance of the windows and doors (not identical, alternating in pattern), the columns and... 
    The reconstructed façade of the library is absolutely lovely to contemplate - the color of the stone, the balance of the windows and doors (not identical, alternating in pattern), the columns and...  more »
  • This is most definitely the highlight of any visit to Ephesus. It might only be the frontage, but what a front! Try to get here early before the big tour groups arrive so that you get a better feel... 
    This is most definitely the highlight of any visit to Ephesus. It might only be the frontage, but what a front! Try to get here early before the big tour groups arrive so that you get a better feel...  more »

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