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Celsus Kutuphanesi

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Address: 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...

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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Ephesus is an open air museum. Its one of those places where you should see before you die. The celsus libary is probably one of the highlights of the visit as well as the theatre.

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lifegurad
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Ephesus is an open air museum. Its one of those places where you should see before you die. The celsus libary is probably one of the highlights of the visit as well as the theatre.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went there in December 2016, and there were very few tourists. The place is just stunning. I was amazed at the fact that it was discovered and rebuild using all original materials.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

Ephesus is awesome... To walk around its streets and enter to some of its buildings will take you to an ancient time. Every single spot is perfect for a picture. a MUST SEE.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 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 27 November 2016 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

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

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

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 8 November 2016

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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