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Ephesus Celsus Library History, Facts, Photos

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 striked the Ephesus city and most of the buildings seriously damaged. Only the facade of the building survived. You may find the short story of Celsus Library with nice photos below.

Ephesus Ancient City And The Library Of Celsus

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

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’s 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 Museum. Ephesus Museum is visited by nearly 3 million people in a year. Almost the same visitor range with the Hagia Sophia of Istanbul. Therefore these two museums are the most visited museums of Turkey.

Splendid Architecture Of The Celsus Library

Splendid Architecture Of The Celsus Library

Visiting The Ephesus With A Private Tour Guide

Ephesus is mostly visited by the cruise passengers. Kusadasi (Kuşadası) Cruise Port of Izmir is heavily used by Mediterranean Cruises. The Mediterranean Cruise Ships follow a route like this: They usually start from Italy, then stop in Greek Islands. Afterwards they come to Kusadasi Port in order to visit Ephesus. They finish the journey in Istanbul.

As I mentioned in the upper paragraphs, Ephesus ancient city is a massive place with lots of things to see. Therefore it’s recommended to hire a guide during your visit to this magnificent place. You may contact with this travel agency: , in order to get comprehensive information about the guided tours of Ephesus city. This recommended website is belong to an experienced guide, based in Istanbul. He organizes private tours of both Istanbul and Ephesus.

Ephesus Private Tour Guide
Ephesus Tour Guide Serhat Engul
Kusadasi (Kuşadası) Cruise Port Located in Izmir City Of Turkey
Kusadasi Cruise Port

Recommended Travel Agency In Ephesus

If you are looking for package tours to buy, instead of arranging just a single guide, then you can go for this link: Ephesus Private Guide – Private Ephesus Tours Guided By Turkland Travel Agency. A licensed and official travel agency that offers reasonable guided tours of Ephesus.

This agency is one of the best travel operator in Istanbul. They have 15 years of experience arranging tours both in Istanbul and Ephesus. You may rest assure that you would have the best prices in response to your request.

Recommended Travel Agency For Private Ephesus Tours From Kusadasi
Ephesus Private Guide

Visiting Ephesus City Is A Great Experience

While walking through the Ephesus, you feel like as if you had lived in the Roman Empire’s period. It’s definitely a great experience to walk through the ancient roads of Ephesus. Especially when you have your private guide with you.

Your guide can tell you about historic facts and stories of each and every single ruins around, so that your Ephesus visit would be a gladsome and satisfying journey.

Ephesus Tours Lead By Local Tour Guides

Ephesus Tours Lead By Local Tour Guides

Further Recommended Reading

You may check the Private Ephesus Tour Guide article from our blog. Also Ephesus Tours From Kusadasi article might be useful for you to get good knowledge about the recommandations about visiting Ephesus.

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