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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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Efes Selcuk Merkez, Selcuk, Ephesus, Izmir, Turkey
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BEST SELLER: Private Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi

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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$77.00
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$77.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.32
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Ephesus Small Group Day Tour from Izmir

Ephesus Small Group Day Tour from Izmir

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Ephesus is one of Turkey’s most impressive ancient sites but with over 2 million annual visitors it can get crowded. Ensure a more personalized experience with this small-group tour from Izmir and enjoy a comprehensive itinerary that includes UNESCO-listed Ephesus; the House of the Virgin Mary, where Mary spend her final years; the site of the Artemis temple, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; and the Isabey Mosque.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$106.65
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Ancient Ephesus tour with Mother's Mary House and visit to old village Sirince with wine tasting

Ancient Ephesus tour with Mother's Mary House and visit to old village Sirince with wine tasting

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Ephesus is one of Turkey’s most impressive ancient sites, but many tours only include a whistle-stop visit. This full-day tour from Izmir takes in all the highlights of the archeological site; visits St. John Basilica, the Temple of Artemis, and the House of the Virgin Mary; and includes a delicious Turkish lunch and wine tasting in Sirince village. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$96.09
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$96.09
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Private Biblical Ephesus Full-Day Tour From Izmir

Private Biblical Ephesus Full-Day Tour From Izmir

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Explore Ephesus with a dedicated guide during this full-day tour from Izmir. Stop at Ephesus area highlights, including the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This private tour guarantees personalized attention from your guide for you and your party. Traditional Turkish lunch and round-trip transportation from your accommodations in Izmir are included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$110.00
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$110.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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$80.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$7.10
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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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$134.36
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$134.36
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$18.95
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$18.95
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$88.00
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$88.00
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Private Tour: Full-Day Ephesus Highlights from Izmir

Private Tour: Full-Day Ephesus Highlights from Izmir

Travel back in time to the 10th-century BCE on a private 6-hour tour to Ephesus from Izmir. The customizable excursion is perfect for travelers who value efficiency and comfort. Listen to engaging commentary as your guide leads you to the Grand Theater, Celcus Library, Hadrian's Temple, and more, at the UNESCO listed ruins. Later, visit the house where the Virgin Mary is said to have spent her final days.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$110.00
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$110.00
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Private Full day Ephesus Tour From Izmir

Private Full day Ephesus Tour From Izmir

Benefit from personalized attention and the ability to travel at your own pace during this full-day private tour of Ephesus. Stops include the Temple of Artemis, the Basilica of St. John, the House of the Virgin Mary, and the ancient city of Ephesus itself. Learn much more through guided commentary than you would simply exploring on your own.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$105.00
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$105.00
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Ephesus Ancient City Virtual Live Guided Tour

Ephesus Ancient City Virtual Live Guided Tour

The history of Ephesus, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, goes back 8000 years from today. It is one of the most visited ancient cities of our country. As Herodotus said; It is the capital of “Ionia, the country of cities established under the most beautiful skies known on earth and in the best climate”. One the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, Temple of Diana was built in Ephesus. It was Ephesus where St Paul stayed for three years and where certain Demetrius and his fellow artisans marched to the amphitheater shouting “Great is Artemis of Ephesus!”. Well here is what you should now: take your beverage and relax on your seats and listen to the story that will inspire your imagination told by wonderful story tellers from Turkey.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$17.77
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$17.77

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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$70.00
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Private Ephesus Tour

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.00
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$69.00

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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.80
$132.00
$46.20 savings
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$132.00
$46.20 savings
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$88.00
Price varies by group size
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$88.00
Price varies by group size

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$88.00
Price varies by group size
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$88.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$106.65
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$106.65
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Private Archaeological Ephesus Tour Full Day From Izmir

Private Archaeological Ephesus Tour Full Day From Izmir

Discover the UNESCO-listed wonders of ancient Ephesus at your own pace with this private tour. Travel in the comfort of a private vehicle, stop at the Temple of Artemis, then enjoy a guided tour of Ephesus including areas that many tours miss out on. See highlights such as Hadrian Temple and the Celsus Library, tour the Terrace Houses for a greater insight into Ephesian life, and visit the Ephesus Archeological Museum.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$110.00
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$110.00
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Should I book Library of Celsus tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Library of Celsus can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Library of Celsus 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Library of Celsus costs USD 7.10. Guided Library of Celsus tours start around USD 7.10 per person.
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