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“Another must see location in the Ephesus complex”
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Celsus Kutuphanesi
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Private Tour: Ephesus and St. Mary's House
Ranked #2 of 55 things to do in Selcuk
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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.
Saint Louis, Missouri
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“Another must see location in the Ephesus complex”
Reviewed December 25, 2013

This is another must see location in the Ephesus complex.
It is important to do it with a tour guide who can explain you about the monument or with a good guide book. There are a lot of people as it is a main attraction so be prepared to have people on your pictures and people around you all the time.
But it is a great place with so much history and details that makes it completely worth it.

Visited November 2013
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“Stunning Ruins”
Reviewed December 4, 2013

The Celsus Library was definitely my favorite part of Ephesus. Even though we came during the high heat of August (115 degrees), this was so enjoyable. You could stroll through the ruins for hours (we did!) and keep discovering treasure after treasure. I am a history buff, and this was even better than what I was hoping. My advice: comfortable walking shoes (we actually walked to Ephesus from Selcuk - roughly 2 miles, and then another 2+ miles through the site itself), and also drinking water. So beautiful!!!

Visited August 2013
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sarasota FL
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“Best part of Ephesus”
Reviewed December 1, 2013

The library is amazing. So well preserved and the highlight of any visit here. Take time to enjoy. See the statues close up. Feel the energy here. It is a lovely and historic spot/

Visited November 2013
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Inverkip, United Kingdom
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“Ephesus highlight”
Reviewed December 1, 2013

Celsus Library is the highlight of Ephesus ruins. It was built in 135 AD in honour of Roman Senator Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaenus by his son, who paid for the whole construction from his own wealth. Celsus was of Greek origin, that's why he is honoured as a Greek and as a Roman too. The Library stored 12.000 scrolls. The façade is impressive and has statues of the 4 Virtues because virtues played a significant role in the lives of the Senators. Celsus was buried in a sarcophagus, a monumental tomb beneath the Library. But there is no access for the public.

Visited July 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Worth the Walk”
Reviewed November 30, 2013

I would gladly walk through heat and crowds to see this again; make sure to bring at least one bottle of water on hot days as you can't buy water inside the site. Have good walking shoes as this site is along the 1.5 to 2 mile walk through the ruins. Seeing this area is like walking into history itself as the structure is still quite intact.

Visited May 2013
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