Library of Celsus at Ephesus

Library of Celsus at Ephesus Facts and History

Library of Celsus is the best-preserved ancient structure in Ephesus city. Built by a Roman Senator, this place used to be one of the most significant libraries of antiquity.

Unfortunately an earthquake had striked the Ephesus and most of the buildings seriously damaged. Only the facade of the building survived. You may find the short story of the Library of Celsus in this blog post.

Ephesus Ancient City is Located in Turkey
Library of Celsus history
Ephesus Ancient City And The Library

Who Built The Library Of Celsus?

Celsus Polemaeanus, was a wealthy senator during the reign of Roman Emperor Trajan. He was the governor of Asia, which means he was dominating entire eastern Roman provinces.

When Celsus died, his son Tiberius Julius Aquila built this library in the name of his father as a memory. He wanted to immortalize his fathers name as well as their family name.

When Was The Library Of Celsus Built?

Tiberius Julius Aquila commissioned great architects and built this splendid library in the heart of Ephesus ancient city. His father Celsus Polemaeanus died in 114 A.D and buried next to this elegant building. The construction of the Library of Celsus finished in 117 A.D.

A Magnificent Structure From Ancient Ages

Library of Celsus facts
A Magnificent Structure From Ancient Ages

Where Is Library Of Celsus Located?

Celsus Library is located in Ephesus ancient city of Turkey. Ephesus is a well-maintained anciet city and the most popular museum in Turkey. Ephesus is located at the westernmost of Turkey by the Aegean Sea.

The Ephesus used to be the major city of Ionian League in the antique age, later became a Roman Empire province. It had been the most important harbour of the Eastern throughout the ancient ages.

Ephesus Ancient City located within the Selcuk Province of Izmir City
Ephesus, Selcuk Province, Izmir City, Turkey.

Library Of Celsus Facts

There used to be 12.000 parchment roll in the Celsus Library. It was built over the main road of Ephesus ancient city. It is considered as the third largest library in the world left from antique ages.

Unfortunately library seriously damaged due to an earthquake which took place in the region. Major walls of the library collapsed but the facade of the building is still there. Because of the beauty of the front face of the building, it became the symbol of Ephesus.

Ephesus Tours from Kusdasi Cruise Port

Ephesus is visited by nearly 3 million people in a year. It has almost the same rankings with the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Therefore these two museums are the most visited ancient sites in Turkey.

Ephesus is located in Selcuk province of Izmir. Izmir is considered as second biggest city in Turkey after Istanbul. People who would like to visit Ephesus usually come to area via cruise ships. The Mediterranean Cruises overnight in Kusadasi area and disembark their passengers to this lovely town.

Kusadasi is a nice place to hang out and make some shopping. However a visit to Kusadasi is never complete without paying a visit to Ephesus. If you ever come to see the Kusadasi by a cruise ship, you can book a private Ephesus tour from Kusadasi Port through Turkland travel agency.

Splendid Architecture Of The Celsus Library

Library of Celsus at Ephesus
Splendid Architecture Of The Celsus Library

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Library of Celsus at Ephesus Facts and History was last modified: February 11th, 2019 by Serhat Engül

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