Ancient Library of Celsus at Ephesus
Designed by the Roman architect Vitruoya, the library was built in memory of Celsus Polemeanus, who was a Roman senator, General Governor of the Province of Asia, and a great lover of books. Celsus' son, Julius Aquila, began the construction in 110 AD. The library was completed by Julius Aquila's successors in 135 AD.
The interior of the library measures 10,92 by 16,72 meters and is covered with decorative marble.
Between 12,000 and 15,000 scrolls were housed in the library.
In 262, during the Gothic attacks, the interior of the library was burnt completely but the facade was not affected much.
(photos: I took these photos of the Library of Celsus and the crowd when Cheri and I visited Ephesus in September, 2011.I might have shown these photos before.)
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text taken from 2 sources: http://architecture.about.com/od/ancientromanempire/ss/ephesus.htm