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Celsus Kutuphanesi

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Address: Efes Selcuk Merkez, Selcuk, Selcuk, Turkey

Built by Julius Aquila in 110 A.D. as a memorial for his father, the Celsus...

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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This is the building which is pictured whenever Ephesus is mentioned on TV or written about in the press (or in travel brochures) It is well worth a visit along with the rest of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Kettering, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the building which is pictured whenever Ephesus is mentioned on TV or written about in the press (or in travel brochures) It is well worth a visit along with the rest of Ephesus.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is such an impressive sight and remind me of the wonderful facades of the buildings in Petra. Nevertheless that many scholars are against the idea of ruins to be propped up once fallen, only the "reconstruction/restoration" give you the complete idea of the grandeur of certain places and The Library here certainly falls in that category. Amazing!

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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an amazing place to visit if it's hot weather take plenty of water and wear good walking shoes. If your into you photography spend some time here snapping away the light against the architecture is well worth the time to get that pic of a life time.

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Cranbrook, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting design and architectural features, too bad only a small part of it survives, but it is still free standing.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 either have the audio guide or you hire a guide at the front to give you the downlow on everything you see in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whilst others may well disagree - and there are many competing claims throughout the whole site of Ephesus - for our money The Library at Celsus - the 2nd biggest in the Ancient World- is THE most extraordinary remains on the whole site. Truly grand and magnificent - with stunning carvings on the porticos.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

This building was way more older than the one in Alexandria. At least 500 years older (aka Alexandria is builded by Alexander the Great but celsus library was already there). On it's best time there were like 26.000 handwritten books in this librarry. It is a masterpiece. I wish they would rebuilt it. It is a must see ancient monument... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Coming down from the magnesian gate the library is in front of you all the way and the facade has a striking appeal that I have found with few other ruins.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

If I lived during that time I'd love to hang out at this library all the time. The marble stones are impressive and the statues give it an aesthetic vibe. You wont get enough of taking pictures here. Unfortunately, it is quite hard to get a good pic here since everyone wants one :/

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

It's been one of my dreams to stand in this place, and it's more than you can imagine. Standing and walking through the openings, the desire to soak in the feeling so it never leaves you. It's not possible to capture adequately in photos. I also rented the headset, to learn more during my visit, good decision.

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