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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 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

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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’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

Library of Celsus at Ephesus
Splendid Architecture Of The Celsus Library

Travel Agency For Ephesus Private Tours

The Turkland, has 15 years of experience in organizing Ephesus and Istanbul tours. You can access to their website by clicking the below link. You can arranage your guided Ephesus tour through this reliable local agency.

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Library of Celsus Blog Article By Serhat Engul

Library of Celsus at Ephesus Facts and History was last modified: July 24th, 2018 by Serhat Engül

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