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"Celcus Library" Celsus Library Tip by lashr1999

Celsus Library, Ephesus: 48 reviews and 91 photos


While walking, I was impressed by the Celcus Library. It was built in 114 AF by Tiberius Aquila as a tribute to his father Celcus. The library was completed in 117 AD. The library is 2 stories. The interior is covered in marble. The building itself is made of marble and has reliefs with figures of Nike, Eros and garlands. There are about sixteen paired columns, 8 on the top level and 8 on the bottom level. There are statues in between some of the doors. The statues symbolize wisdom, knowledge, intelligence and virtue of his father Celsus. There are niches inside the library where scrolls are said to have been kept. When the Goth took over they burned the interior of the museum but the outer façade was left mostly intact.

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  • Written Oct 14, 2005
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