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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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  • Interesting design and architectural features, too bad only a small part of it survives, but it is still free standing. 
  • Perhaps the most impressive set of Ephesus, impresses by the magnitude and the details. Is very well preserved.
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  • The front of the Library of Celsus is an iconic figure and well worth visiting. The whole city is pretty neat, but this is the crown jewel, as it were, of the whole installation. Please ensure you eit...  more »
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  • Simply amazing , to see how well they put this place back together. Originally it was Celcus's tomb, but his son had it converted to a library. It was once the 3rd largest library in the world holding over 200,000 books and scrolls. Celcus tomb is in the basement of the library , which you cannot visit. There are 4 statues of women in the lower level, which are the 4 virtues to have a prosperous life.
  • It's inside the Ephesus city, if you visit the city in hot weather you may use this library to get cool a bit. It's amazing to see such buildings last thousands of years and still stay beautiful while our buildings today have only approximately 100 years life time and they are still ugly.
  • There is just one phrase that I can use to describe this: Life changing. If you ever have the opportunity to visit this place, do not think twice about it. Take enough sunscreen, long sleeves, plenty of water and confortable shoes because there is no shade in sight (An umbrella may be a good idea as well). Well worth the sunburn!
  • 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!
  • Starożytne miasto z wieloma zachowanymi zabytkami. Nie zapomnij paszportu by dostać darmowy bilet. Koniecznie jedz z przewodnikiem to ożywi je dla Ciebie.muzeum na miejscu za dodatkowe 20 litrów