Bibliotheque de Celsus, Selcuk

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Standing on its nine-step platform, Bibliotheque de Celsus 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 timeĀ held the scrolls of 12,000 manuscripts. Put Bibliotheque de Celsus into our Selcuk travel tool to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Selcuk.
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  • The library must be the most recognized building/ruin in Ephesus since pictures of it appear in all the guidebooks and advertising info. It is located down the hill from the entrance on the main... 
    The library must be the most recognized building/ruin in Ephesus since pictures of it appear in all the guidebooks and advertising info. It is located down the hill from the entrance on the main...  more »
  • This is the big enchilada on a tour of Ephesus ruins. You begin with impressive small ruins as you walk slightly downhill, passing interesting side structures, yet, waiting for something more... 
    This is the big enchilada on a tour of Ephesus ruins. You begin with impressive small ruins as you walk slightly downhill, passing interesting side structures, yet, waiting for something more...  more »

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