Library of Celsus, Turkey

Library of Celsus, Turkey

Library of Celsus, Turkey (credit)

Ranked #10 in Turkey Tourism

Library of Celsus, built in 117 A.D. was one of the most beautiful edifices in all of Ephesus.

Library of Celsus Trivia

With humble origins as a tomb to Gaius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus, who was then governor of the Asian province, the structure grew to become a library, especially inspired by the statue of Athena placed atop Julius’s tomb. The Greek goddess of wisdom sure did offer an idea that stood the test of time, long after the papyri were gone. The scrolls (the Celsus Library could hold 12,000 of them.) were kept either in cupboards or wall niches with the help of double walls behind these shelves serving to keep extreme temperatures and humidity out. Add two-stories, Corinthian style columns on the ground floor and three entrances to the building and you have an architectural wonder worth marveling at.

Library of Celsus - Statue of Arete

Library of Celsus – Statue of Arete (credit)

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