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Library of Celsus by Tom Gomez

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The Library of Celsus (built ca. CE 125 by Gaius Julius Aquila in memory of his father), at Ephesus (Ancient Greek Ἔφεσος, Turkish Efes), an ancient Greek city on the west coast of Anatolia, near present-day Selçuk, Izmir Province, Turkey. Ephesus was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League during the Classical Greek period.

The library once held nearly 12,000 scrolls. The façade of the library has been carefully reconstructed from all original pieces, Designed with an exaggerated entrance — so as to enhance its perceived size, speculate many historians — the building faces east so that the reading rooms could make best use of the morning light.

The building is important as one of few remaining examples of an ancient Roman-influenced library. It also shows that public libraries were built not only in Rome itself but throughout the Roman Empire.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Sigma 18-200mm lens
Exif data from the JPG
F-stop f/4.5
ISO 200
Focal length 33 mm


Related shots can be found at Turkey or Eastern Meditteranean.

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  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonabout 5 years ago

    looking good Tom, envy you lot so many good subjects

  • Thanks Philip. It was an interesting place, but way too many tourists for my liking …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 5 years ago

    Fascinating structure. As you say, way too many tourists …

  • Still worth a visit …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonabout 5 years ago

    sure does look like it would be a great subject for hdr , but all those tourists would be a problem

  • I had no chance to take multiple shots, so I shot in RAW instead …

    – Tom Gomez

  • blamo
    blamoabout 5 years ago

    brilliant Tom

  • Thank you blamo …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful Tom.. Such wonderful places you have seen.

  • Thank you so much Carol …

    – Tom Gomez

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 5 years ago

    fabulous capture Tom!!!

  • Thank you Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekabout 5 years ago

    Fabulous image and info!!! Very interesting!!!

  • Thank you so much Stephanie …

    – Tom Gomez

  • RedHillDigital
    RedHillDigitalabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic architecture & great shot!

  • Thank you Howard …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownabout 5 years ago

    I wonder if they sell my book Tom!!!! Cracking shot BTW when is the building due to be completed. Those Greeks can be a bit slow!!

  • Cheers mate, they are waiting for a new batch of scrolls before they have the official opening …

    – Tom Gomez

  • David Smith
    David Smithabout 5 years ago

    An excellent view of a very important structure With a good narrative.Regards Dave.

  • Thank you Dave, it is an interesting place …

    – Tom Gomez

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