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Celsus Library, Selcuk

Categories: Ruins, Tourist Spots
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4.9/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web
Standing on its nine-step platform, Celsus Library 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 Library a part of your Selcuk vacation plans using our Selcuk vacation route planner.
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  • fantastic place to visit, a real insight to a city approx 5000 years old, stunning sites and view, easy to get around, some of the buildings are still very intact, take a camera you will need one .. 
  • This is a partially reconstructed ruin in the Ephesus park. Even though it "fills in the blanks" with new materials, it--the sculptures, the sheer size--is awe-inspiring. 
  • Worth the trip by itself, viewed from afar staggering,up close superb, i hope the funding for the expiration & restoration gets reinstated, we cannot loose places like this. 
  • 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!
  • It's really impressive to walk around all those ruins, being a whole city and all (as opposed to, say, Acropolis of Athens). Worth a visit.
  • We came here on a cruise in 2014 and we absolutely loved our tour, as well as our tour guide. Although the weather was very hot and dry, we still enjoyed taking our walking tour and seeing the ancient ruins. The Celsus Library was one of the highlights of our tour. My one tip for you is to bring plenty of water with you. There were few stands selling water, and if there were any at all, it was very expensive. One of our fellow shipmates actually passed out at the end of the tour because of the heat and his lack of hydration.
  • This is the most famous part of Ephesus. Was quite a sight. Was able to walk onside, although it's quite bare inside. Facade is the highlight.
  • Like the pictures I've seen in textbooks. ... nice.
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