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. Put Celsus Kutuphanesi into our Selcuk travel tool to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Selcuk.
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  • Simply amazing. While visiting the ancient city of Ephesus, if your stone if you're following the path of route leaves right on top of it. Definitely worth a.
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  • When you stand here at the door and look at the front facade of this building and what is use to be and how many people walked through this doors, the meetings that took place, the everyday city gossi...  more »
  • It was a depository for thousands of scrolls and the building has a double wall construction that enabled them to control the inside humidity. Pretty high tech I'd say! Incredible structure.  more »

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Where to stay in Selcuk

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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