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Ephesus in Selçuk District, İzmir, Turkey — Aegean Region (Coastal)
 

The Celsus Library

 
 
Celsus Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 22, 2011
1. Celsus Library Marker
Inscription.
Celsus Kutuphanesi [text in Turkish…]

The Celsus Library [text in English]:
The Celsus Library, certainly the most well-known monument in Ephesos, was built between A.D. and 110 by Gaius Iulius Aquila for his father, the senator Tiberius Iulius Celsus Polemaeanus. The library can actually be interpreted as a heroon which was built over the burial chamber of the deceased.

A flight of nine steps at the façade, flanked by statue bases, led to a vestibule from which the actual library room could be entered. The aediculated architecture of the impressive façade contrasts with the brick construction of the building’s interior, although the floors and walls were revetted with marble. The library was destroyed during an earthquake in ca. A.D. 270 and was not rebuilt. In the late antique period the remnants of the splendid façade served as the rear wall of a street fountain. The re-erection took place during the years 1970-1978 with the financial help of Anton Kallinger-Prskawetz.

Die Celsusbibliothek [text in German...]

[Diagrams]:
the Library floor plan and the Ephesus archaeological site.

[Photo captions]:
The Celsus Library after the excavations.
Reconstruction of the interior room.


The Celsus Library image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 22, 2011
2. The Celsus Library
T.C. Kültür Ve Turizm Bakanliği and Osterrichisches Archaologisthes Insitut, Gradung Ephesos
 
Erected by T.C. Kültür Ve Turizm Bakanliği and Osterrichisches Archaologisthes Insitut, Gradung Ephesos.
 
Location. 37° 56.348′ N, 27° 20.445′ E. Marker is in Ephesus, İzmir, in Selçuk District. Marker can be reached from Efes Harabeleri (Marble Road/Curetes Street) south of Efes Yolu. Click for map. The library is within the restored Ephesus Archaeological Site, off the intersection of the old Marble Road and the Curetes Street. Marker is in this post office area: Ephesus, İzmir 35920, Turkey.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tetragonos Agora - The Commercial Market (within shouting distance of this marker in Izmir Province); The So-Called House of Pleasure (within shouting distance of this marker in Izmir Province); The Latrine (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line in Izmir Province); Terrace House 2 (about 90 meters away in Izmir Province); The Hellenistic Fountain and the Hexagon (about 120 meters away in Izmir Province); Peristyle Courtyard of Dwelling Unit 6
The Celsus Library marker, visible to the left of the stairs image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 22, 2011
3. The Celsus Library marker, visible to the left of the stairs
(about 120 meters away in Izmir Province); Graffiti in Terrace House 2 (about 120 meters away in Izmir Province); The Temple of Hadrian (about 120 meters away in Izmir Province).
 
Also see . . .
1. Library of Celsus. (Submitted on June 27, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Kusadasi.biz: Ephesus Library. (Submitted on June 27, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. Marble Road, Ephesus. (Submitted on June 28, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
4. Heroon. (Submitted on June 28, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. antiquities; Efes; Anatolia; Asia Minor; Marble Road; Artemis Temple.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicNotable Buildings
 
Marble Road - connecting the Celsus Library with the Great Theatre at Harbor Street image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 22, 2011
4. Marble Road - connecting the Celsus Library with the Great Theatre at Harbor Street
- extending northward to the Temple of Artemis site.
The Great Ephesus Theatre on the slope of Panayir Hill, off the Marble Road opposite Harbor Street image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 22, 2011
5. The Great Ephesus Theatre on the slope of Panayir Hill, off the Marble Road opposite Harbor Street
The Artemis Temple site at the northern end of the sacred route from <i>Efes</i> image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 22, 2011
6. The Artemis Temple site at the northern end of the sacred route from Efes
- note the lone pillar, restored from the ruins of this ancient "Wonder of the World."
 
 
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