The Library of Celsus, Ephesus, Turkey

Ephesus was a major Roman port town in Asia Minor (what is now Turkey). Ephesus, today, is a major tourist attraction for its vast Roman ruins. But the centerpiece of the ruins is a building that is called the Library of Celsus. Built in the early 2nd Century AD, the library is remarkable for the state of preservation of its facade (the pieces weren’t standing always so archaeologists had to piece them back together- but the fact that they even survived is amazing!).

Library of Celsus, Ephesus

This library was built by Tiberius Julius Aquila Polemaenus, Consul, in memory of his father who was better known than his son. The inscription reads that Aquila left the equivalent of  more than $400,000 in today’s money for the maintenance of the library.

Close Up of the Library of Celsus

The library was certainly not the biggest in the ancient world nor the most celebrated but what it lost in size it gained in style. The facade of the building is built in two levels adorned with columns and statues. There are three statues in the base to Wisdom, Knowledge and Virtue.

Statues – Facade of Library of Celsus

The library chamber also survives to a basic extent.

Library Chamber

(Due to an unfortunate error on that day, I had my camera set on anti-shock mode which meant that the photos were clicked two seconds after I pressed the button  which meant that most of my photos were pretty awful. Thankfully I noticed this on day 2).


8 Comments Add yours

  1. Very striking and beautiful!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thanks so very much- it is splendid to look at though the heat was horrible and the crowds too!

  2. Lata Sunil says:

    Beautiful pictures.. Sad about the camera thing. Bad luck

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thanks Lata, I’m just grateful that the photos turned out to be half decent 🙂

  3. neihtn2012 says:

    Your photos look very good here!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thanks Hien! I had to do some editing and cropping before they turned out to be ok!

  4. Nirmala says:

    I feel photos are quite alright! Only perfectionists may find fault maybe.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Not perfectionists but maybe people who have seen better photographs 🙂

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