Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument (at Ephesus)

A trip to Ephesus is a trip into the past with opportunity for viewing lots of monuments.

Our trip took us to the Library Celsus of Ephesus in Turkey.CIMG0230

The library is an ancient Roman building with two storeys. It was built in honor of the Roman Senator Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus and completed in 135 AD by Celsus’ son. In fact, Celsus used his own money for building this library outside Rome.CIMG0236

The library was built to store 12,000 scrolls and to serve as a monumental tomb for Celsus

Also of interest is the Temple of Hadrian.CIMG0224

The name “Temple of Hadrian” is not really accurate: it is more a monument than a temple, and was dedicated not only to Hadrian but also Artemis and the people of Ephesus.

40 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument (at Ephesus)

  1. Thanks for the photos of the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus. As a side note, many Christians have been misinformed that cult prostitution happened at this temple. There is no supporting ancient literature that suggests this. Think about it. Artemis was a virgin god, huntress and powerful women. Wouldn’t a virgin goddess be the last type of goddess to worship in this manner? Perhaps Aphrodite, but certainly not Artemis.

  2. Wow – seeing these in person must have been an experience! I particularly like the first picture, the perspective gives a sense of the towering nature of the ruins, but it is close enough to show all the intricate details.

    • The photos I saw on the internet usually show the overall view as in my second photo. Like you, I like the first photo for the same reasons you mentioned. Regards, Michael

  3. Absolutely wonderful, Michael ! – the Romans left their marks in so many places, and ALL that have survived are worthy of note. Thanks !

    • I was thinking of contrasting the two storey ancient buildings vs the library Celsus building in Turkey – it would be quite fun! Thank you, David!

  4. Hi Michael – wonderful photos along with interesting narrative. I had the good fortune to take my university aged daughter with me to tour the Aegean coast of Turkey and we spent day at Efes with a private guide. My daughter took some similarly gorgeous photos of this library, developed in large format in sepia tone, which today hang in the entryway here at home.

    I agree with your comment to another reader who is hopeful to see this amazing historical treasure- plan on it and make it happen. You won’t regret it!

    Thanks for bringing back some treasured memories. Lovely clarity in your images.

    • Hi, didn’t realize this set of photos has brought back such much good memories to the readers – there are quite a few saying the same thing. Maybe, I should have some more posts showing more photos in Ephesus. Regards, Michael

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