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Celsus Kutuphanesi

Efes Selcuk Merkez, Selcuk, Selcuk, Turkey
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Built by Julius Aquila in 110 A.D. as a memorial for his father, the Celsus Library is one of the finest buildings in Ephesus. The two-story building contained over 12,000 hand-written books, making it one of the largest library collections of its time.
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"amazing structure"
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"ancient library"
in 17 reviews
"ancient city of ephesus"
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"ancient times"
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"awe inspiring"
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"turkey"
in 47 reviews
"the main street"
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"take your time"
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"visit ephesus"
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"facade"
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"scrolls"
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"senator"
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"celsus"
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Reviewed yesterday

Stunning and really worth a visit. On a hot day you'll be dying so take some water with you and a cap to avoid the sunshine. But the view you'll see will take your breath away and you'll take amazing photos there.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

In the heyday of Ephesus, the library was considered the third largest in the entire Roman Empire, second only to the Alexandrian and Pergamon. Inside, there were more than 12,000 scrolls that were stored in special niches. The interior hall of the Celsus library was...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Façade and ruins of one of the greatest libraries in the ancient world and a true wonder to look at. One of the Highlights of the Ephesus Attraction and well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The ruins of the ancient library at the centre of Ephesus are magnificent - while built some time after the arrival of First Century Christianity, it was erected around 110 AD - imagine the Romans, the Greeks and early Christians as they walked by this...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When you compare what's now with pictures depicting what it was when originally constructed, you wonder in amazement. Great photos. It is sad that some of the sculptures have been destroyed, headless but that is the state at many such historic places. Don't miss

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although the original library built about 125 AD was destroyed by the Goths in 265 AD, the front façade was rebuilt in the 1970's and is truly impressive.

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Reviewed 26 June 2018

this will give you chills with its size and the history it carries. İt is huge and beauriful you may find a similar artefact in the Pergamon museum in Berlin

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Reviewed 11 June 2018

It is probably the best known image of Ephesus, if not of Turkey. The building is well presented and dominates the site, visible from a long way off when approaching on the Arcadian Way. The whole ancient site is glorious, and a delight to visit...More

Thank Dirk W
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Reviewed 1 June 2018 via mobile

Here is library of old city of Ephesus! It’s really amazing!! When you get inside of Ephesus city, and you pass the tourists way, you can find this place easily! It was amazing!! Take a good and memorable pictures there, nice place...

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Reviewed 23 May 2018 via mobile

The Celsus library is the most iconic landmark in the whole of Ephesus. One has got to awestruck by the fine work put into building the library. It is most impressive when you get underneath the library to see all the intricacies that went into...More

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Trainers should be fine as long as they are in decent condition.
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10 June 2017|
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indeed that is correct, in fact it's basically all Roman architecture as Hadrians temple, the amphitheatre and terraced houses can vouch for.
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I don't think you can visit at night. I didn't see any lights there! We visited during the day. I don't think the staff work at night either so you can't buy entry tickets.
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