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Library of Celsus
The Library of Celsus 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 Celsus 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 of Celsus 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.

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The Celsus Library and the rest of Ephesus are located just outside the town of Selcuk and 51 miles from Izmir.
Address: Ephesus, Izmir, Turkey, Turkey
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BEST SELLER: Private Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi

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BEST SELLER: Private Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi

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Uncover the rich history and biblical importance of Ephesus on this private half-day shore excursion, including lunch. Meet your driver at Kusadasi cruise port and make your way to Ephesus, where you’ll see the Odeon, Fountain of Trajan, Celsius library and Temple of Hadrian. Be sure to visit the Grand Theater, where Saint Paul preached, and perhaps include a visit to sacred sites like the St John’s Basilica and the House of the Virgin Mary.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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$66.50
$133.00
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Ephesus Small Group Day Tour from Selcuk

Ephesus Small Group Day Tour from Selcuk

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Explore Turkey's remarkable history on a full-day, small-group tour of Ephesus and surrounding sites from Selcuk, and follow in the footsteps of ancient Greeks, Roman republicans, Goth warriors and early Christians. See archeological excavations that uncovered bright mosaics, an ancient library, carved goddesses and private homes, and explore the remains of the Temple of Artemis. Visit the mountainside House of Virgin Mary then step into the world of the Seljuq dynasty at the 14th-century Isa Bey mosque.
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  • 8 hours
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Entrance Fees are INCLUDED/Late Riser Private Exc. Ephesus & Virgin Mary Shrine

Entrance Fees are INCLUDED/Late Riser Private Exc. Ephesus & Virgin Mary Shrine

An in-depth guided walking tour of Ephesus, once the trade center of the ancient world, reveals its historic and archeological significance through its major sights. Entrance Fees are INCLUDED in the price. Take a step back in time on this excursion. Visit Ephesus ancient city , House of Virgin Mary , Temple of Artemis , Selcuk Town
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  • 5 hours
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$88.00
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Entrance Fees are INCLUDED / Private Ephesus & Artemission & Virgin Mary Shrine

Entrance Fees are INCLUDED / Private Ephesus & Artemission & Virgin Mary Shrine

An in-depth guided walking tour of Ephesus, once the trade center of the ancient world, reveals its historic and archeological significance through its major sights. Entrance Fees are INCLUDED in the price. Take a step back in time on this excursion. Visit Ephesus ancient city , House of Virgin Mary , Temple of Artemis , Selcuk Town
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  • 5 hours
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$88.00
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Entrance Fees are INCLUDED/ Private Exc. Half Day Ephesus and Virgin Mary Shrine

Entrance Fees are INCLUDED/ Private Exc. Half Day Ephesus and Virgin Mary Shrine

An in-depth guided walking tour of Ephesus, once the trade center of the ancient world, reveals its historic and archeological significance through its major sights. Entrance Fees are INCLUDED in the price. Take a step back in time on this excursion. Visit Ephesus ancient city , House of Virgin Mary , Temple of Artemis , Selcuk Town
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  • 5 hours
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$88.00
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Shore Excursion Private Ephesus and Virgin Mary Shrine

Shore Excursion Private Ephesus and Virgin Mary Shrine

An in-depth guided walking tour of Ephesus, once the trade center of the ancient world, reveals its historic and archeological significance through its major sights. Entrance Fees are INCLUDED in the price. Take a step back in time on this excursion. Visit Ephesus ancient city , House of Virgin Mary , Temple of Artemis , Selcuk Town
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  • 5 hours
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$80.00
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Shore Excursion Private Ephesus and Virgin Mary Shrine Low Cost

Shore Excursion Private Ephesus and Virgin Mary Shrine Low Cost

An in-depth guided walking tour of Ephesus, once the trade center of the ancient world, reveals its historic and archeological significance through its major sights. Entrance Fees are NOT INCLUDED in the price. Parking Fees and all Taxes are INCLUDED in the price . Take a step back in time on this excursion. Visit Ephesus ancient city , House of Virgin Mary , Temple of Artemis , Selcuk Town
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  • 5 hours
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$70.00
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Private Shore Excursion: Customizable Tour of Ephesus

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Private Shore Excursion: Customizable Tour of Ephesus

Make the most of your time ashore on this customizable tour. Depart from the Kusadasi port in a private vehicle with a driver-guide and choose to visit the places that interest you most. Visit the ancient city of Ephesus, the House of the Virgin Mary, the Ephesus Archaeological Museum, the local beaches, and more.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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$90.00
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Private Ephesus Tour

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Private Ephesus Tour

Ephesus Private Tour from Kusadasi is a must as it delights historians, travellers, photographers and novices alike. An immersion in history, culture, and theology, skillfully aided by our expert guide.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
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$65.86
$74.00
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Small Group Shore Excursion, Discover Ephesus and Virgin Mary's House Tour

Small Group Shore Excursion, Discover Ephesus and Virgin Mary's House Tour

Take a step back in time on this excursion to the discover Ephesus and Virgin Mary's House Tour. Visit Ephesus ancient city  House of Virgin Mary
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  • 5 hours
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Private Tour of Ephesus, Mary's House & Artemis

Private Tour of Ephesus, Mary's House & Artemis

Step back thousands of years on this Private guided tour of Ephesus from Selcuk, Sirince and Kusadasi, exploring the many ancient archeological sites, and then move on to Ephesus, once one of the most important cities in Asia Minor. Stroll among the millennia-old ruins, many of which have only been excavated in the last century. See the remains of the Temple of Artemis and visit the supposed house of the Virgin Mary before stopping by a famous 14th-century mosque.
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  • 8 hours
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$111.44
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Self-guided Virtual Tour of Ephesus: The Highlights

Self-guided Virtual Tour of Ephesus: The Highlights

Experience Ephesus from the comfort of your home with an engaging self-guided virtual tour, narrated in English, from your PC or smartphone browser. It’s so simple! You will receive an email with the tour link with instructions and, in a couple of minutes, you will travel back in time and enjoy a virtual journey from the comfort of your couch! Through the power of storytelling combined with street and satellite views, you will learn not only about historical facts but also discover unknown stories and tales of ancient times that will amaze your family and friends. The tour’s content is the result of in-depth research, squeezed into brief intriguing stories that will make your virtual visit both engaging and informative. The tour is only available online and you can access it repeatedly and anytime. This is an unmissable opportunity to gain valuable insights into the city’s former chequered life and immerse yourself in the surroundings in an entirely innovative way.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$7.42
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Self-guided Virtual Tour of Ephesus: the ancient pearl of the Mediterranean

Self-guided Virtual Tour of Ephesus: the ancient pearl of the Mediterranean

Experience Ephesus from the comfort of your home with an engaging self-guided virtual tour, narrated in English, from your PC or smartphone browser. It’s so simple! You will receive an email with the tour link with instructions and, in a couple of minutes, you will travel back in time and enjoy a virtual journey from the comfort of your couch! Through the power of storytelling combined with street and satellite views, you will learn not only about historical facts but also discover unknown stories and tales of ancient times that will amaze your family and friends. The tour’s content is the result of in-depth research, squeezed into brief intriguing stories that will make your virtual visit both engaging and informative. The tour is only available online and you can access it repeatedly and anytime. This is an unmissable opportunity to gain valuable insights into the city’s former chequered life and immerse yourself in the surroundings in an entirely innovative way.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$19.80
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