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  • Address: Ephesus, Izmir, Turkey, Turkey

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Celsus Library Tours

The Celsus Library is the most famous part of the ruins of Ephesus in Turkey. It was built between 110 and 135 AD by Gaius Julius Aquila in honor of his father, Celsus Polemaeanus. Unfortunately his father died before the library was completed, and his tomb was placed in a special room beneath the ground level of the building. A statue of Athena was placed at the entrance to the tomb because Athena was the goddess of wisdom. 

The library was two stories high and had three entrances in the front. The entrances were designed with exaggerated height in order to give the building the overall appearance of being bigger than it was. The building faces east which allowed plenty of morning light to shine into the reading rooms. The Celsus Library was once the third largest library in the ancient world, after Alexandra and Pergamum, and could hold more than 12,000 scrolls.

Practical Info

The Celsus Library and the rest of Ephesus are located just outside the town of Selcuk and 51 miles from Izmir.

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Ephesus Day Trip From Istanbul by Air, Istanbul, null
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Ephesus Day Trip From Istanbul by Air

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

If you are visiting Istanbul and have limited time to explore the rest of Turkey, then this tour is for you!  Don't miss the opportunity to visit Ephesus, one ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $355.39
Ephesus The House of Virgin Mary, St John Basilica and Artemission Temple including Lunch, ... 
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Ephesus The House of Virgin Mary, St John Basilica and Artemission Temple including Lunch

Private guided Full Day tour of Ephesus, St. John Basilica Temple of Artemis, The House of Virgin Mary with lunch. Entrance fees, A/C transportation,and lunch ...  Read more

Location: Kusadasi, Turkey
Duration: Flexible

From USD $39.00
Ancient Ephesus tour with Virgin Mary's House, Bodrum, Archaeology Tours
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Ancient Ephesus tour with Virgin Mary's House

Visit ancient ruins of Ephesus which is the best-preserved ancient city in Turkey. You will walk down the marble streets to visit Roman baths, library, public ...  Read more

Location: Bodrum, Turkey
Duration: 14 to 15 hrs

From USD $49.74
Deluxe Ephesus and Sirince: Full Day Private Tour, Kusadasi, Day Trips
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Deluxe Ephesus and Sirince: Full Day Private Tour

Explore Ephesus and Şirince, and gain insight into thousands of years of rich Turkish history on this private full-day tour from Kusadasi. Explore the UNESCO ...  Read more

Location: Kusadasi, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $130.00
Kusadasi Day Trip to Ephesus Including Lunch, Kusadasi, Day Trips
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Kusadasi Day Trip to Ephesus Including Lunch

Enjoy this day trip, which will take you to Ephesus and back. All entrance fees, parking fees and lunch are included.

Location: Kusadasi, Turkey
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.69
Kusadasi Half-Day Trip to Ephesus, Kusadasi, Day Trips
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Kusadasi Half-Day Trip to Ephesus

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Enjoy this half-day trip to Ephesus with the following highlights: Temple of Artemis, Ancient Ephesus, Terrace Houses and many more. Entrance fees, parking ...  Read more

Location: Kusadasi, Turkey
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.16
Private Tour: Best of Ephesus Tour From Izmir, Izmir, Half-day Tours
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Private Tour: Best of Ephesus Tour From Izmir

Ephesus Ancient City, House of Virgin Mary, Temple of Artemis, Basilica of St. John

Location: Izmir, Turkey
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $304.62
Kusadasi Port to Ephesus - Virgin Mary's House - Temple of Artemis, Selçuk, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Kusadasi Port to Ephesus - Virgin Mary's House - Temple of Artemis

Make the most of your time off the ship in Kusadasi on this 5-hour shore excursion. Meet your guide just off the ship and then travel back in time thousands of ...  Read more

Location: Kusadasi, Turkey
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $42.90
Ephesus Small Group Tour From Selcuk, Selçuk, Half-day Tours
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Ephesus Small Group Tour From Selcuk

Discover Ephesus with a small group tour of locals. The tour will visit the Ephesus Ancient City, House of Virgin Mary, Temple of Artemis, Isabey Mosque. A ...  Read more

Location: Selçuk, Turkey
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.35
Day Tour to Ephesus from Istanbul, Istanbul, Day Trips
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Day Tour to Ephesus from Istanbul

Spend a day traveling back in history during this day-trip to Ephesus from Istanbul. Tread in the footsteps of one of the most important biblical figures at ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: Flexible

From USD $220.00

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