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Celsus Kutuphanesi, Selcuk

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Standing on its nine-step platform, Celsus Kutuphanesi 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. Make Celsus Kutuphanesi a part of your Selcuk vacation plans using our Selcuk vacation route planner.
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Though its close proximity to Ephesus puts the small town of Selçuk on the map, you'll find just a handful of guesthouses in the immediate area. Many are small and family operated--and budget-friendly--and some offer free shuttles to nearby Roman ruins. For more upscale options, explore the hotels a few miles east of Selçuk in the hillside town of Sirince. For luxury accommodations, you'll have to venture farther west to the coast for four- and five-star seaside resorts.
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  • Celsus Library is amazing architecture. The symbol of ancient Ephesus.The library was one of the big and rich one in ancient times. The library built in 117 after christ. There was also an auditorium ...  more »
  • One of the first places that you come to if you enter via the bottom gate, is the Celsius Library. It's on the right hand side just after the amphitheater. It's one of the few places where you can act...  more »
  • excellent architecture of ancient Greeks. It is worth to be accompanied by professional guide as you can learn a lot about history and have fun due to learning every day life details of Ephesus when i...  more »
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  • I love Roman architecture and there is lots to see here and lots more still to be found. Good shoes and a hat are a must.
  • I'm struck with the historic view. 😍 i wanna go back there.
  • Celsus Library is fantastic place to visit inside the Ephesus ruins. One of the picturesque point there.
  • If visiting Turkey and Ephesus is nearby you must check it out. Amazing History!
  • It's hard to describe walking among ancient ruins that still maintain such majesty and awe- inspiring workmanship. The library is quite impressive, especially since you can still envision the surrounding marketplace with stalls lined along a marble walkway. I enjoyed being able to touch everything and feel a part of it, instead of being roped off and closely guarded. Definitely recommend!