This week’s photo: Library of Celsus, Turkey


Ephesus, a city located in what is now eastern Turkey, used to be the capital of the Asian provinces of the Roman Empire.  The Library of Celsus was the third largest library in the ancient world after the Royal Library in Alexandria (Cairo) and the Library in the ancient Greek city of Pergamum (now Bergama, Turkey).

Named after the governor of Rome’s Asian provinces, Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus, the library could store up to 15,000 scrolls.

Built in AD 114 and completed three years later, the Celsus Library is an impressive building, made of marble and held up by Corinthian-style columns. What can I say- I have a weakness for ancient ruins.

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3 Responses

  1. Kryptos says:

    nice. i love ruins too. and books.
    and books and ruins together are irresistable.

    loved your article in the papers today too. where you confessed to being a frequent liar, all for the sake of self-preservation.
    ha ha

    • Anis says:

      Ruins are amazing, aren’t they, but essentially I like any old building with a history. And yes, I did all that for self-preservation! Thanks for the kind words 🙂

  2. M Kha Sha says:

    I love Turkey.. arguably the best country to visit in the world.

    If your readers want to view more awesome pictures of Turkey and Ephesus.. do check out my blog 🙂

    Thanks Anis, love reading your posts. Keep on writing!!