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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