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“MUST SEE!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Celsus Library

Celsus Library
Efes Selcuk Merkez, Selcuk, Selcuk, Turkey
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Ranked #2 of 42 Attractions in Selcuk
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Owner description: 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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“MUST SEE!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

If your in Ephesus its worth checking out. The library has been kept in amazing condition, compared to the mostly ruins all around. The pictures you see on brochure covers dont do it enough justice!

Visited May 2014
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“THE reason to go to Ephesus”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Compared to most of Ephesus, which is still mostly in ruins, the Celsus Library is beyond amazing. As you cross through the Gates of Heracles and look down Curetes Street, you'll get your first glimpse of the Library. Although basically only the façade (or front) has been reconstructed, the completeness of it and the opulent decoration is unbelievable. Four original statues remain in their nooks on each side of the three main entry doors. On the upper level, the pedestals remain but no statues. Be sure to notice the ceiling/roofing sections- these carved out, squares maintain strength while reducing weight (the Pantheon in Rome copied this method). Spend as much time here as possible to look at the detail of the building. You can walk through the façade but it is mostly new construction. I waited about 30 minutes in a perfect photo spot to wait for there to be no one in my photo- WELL worth the wait!

Visited September 2013
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“Almost as good as Petra”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The library gave a strong sense of what it must have been like living in Ephesus so many hundreds of years ago.

Visited June 2014
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“Wow - lives up the the travel brochure covers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Don't just snap a photo and walk on by. Pause to consider the majesty of this building. It could be a Hollywood theatre set because only the front remains - but you will be able to visualize a sophisticated society from just these remains.

Visited June 2014
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“Significant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

It's a must building you should observe carefully once you are there at the Ephesus. The carvings and the history about the building is interesting for me.

Visited October 2013
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