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Celsus Library, Ephesus: 49 reviews and 96 photos


The Celsius Library was constructed by the Consul Gaius Julius Aquila beginning in 117 AD as a tomb for the Governor Celsius Polemaenus of the Roman province of Asia. The building was completed in 135 AD. Papyrus rolls were arranged in the niches on the inside walls of the library. In the front of the two-story building stand four female statues, personifying Wisdom, Knowledge, Destiny and Intelligence. Its façade was two-tiered; the interior consisted of a single large hall, measuring 10 × 16 m, comprising the Celsius library itself. The burial chamber under the floor contains the marble sarcophagus of Celsius in an excellent state of preservation.
work begun in the 1970s, completed and the whole opened to the public in 1978.

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  • Written Jul 17, 2008
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