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Built before 138 CE in honor of a visit by the emperor, but rebuilt in the 4th century. The elaborate carving is just phenomenal.

The reconstructed facade of the Library of Celsus stands at the bottom of the Curetes Way. The louvered structure at the left encloses the spectacular Terrace Houses; the walkway in front of it is mosaic.

The reconstructed facade of the Library of Celsus stands at the bottom of this steep diagonal boulevard. The louvered structure at left shelters the spectacular Terrace Houses .

One of two very fine representations of the city's patron goddess in the museum; both had been carefully buried, presumably by adherents of the old religion seeking to protect them from marauding Christians. This exquisitely carved example is a little smaller than life size.

They were doing some sort of major restoration work, hence the construction crane.

Library of Celsus: one of the Four Virtues gracing the facade. This is Arete -- excellence or valor. I believe the caption translates to Arete of Celsus. The statue is a copy; the original is in the Ephesus Museum in Vienna (an Austrian team did the reconstruction, c. 1910; something this valuable couldn't be left in situ.)

Built before 138 CE in honor of a visit by the emperor, but rebuilt in the 4th century. The elaborate carving is just phenomenal.

Dedication in Latin, not Greek, from the freedmen of the Emperor.

This is in front of the terraced houses on the main street - where all the swish people and shops were.

These lined the processional street - honourable citizens with inscriptions to tell you everything they have done for the city.

Cubist imaginings of ruins, Ephesus

Cubist imaginings of ruins, Ephesus

This was not open when we were in Ephesus, but I squeezed my camera through the bars to get a sneak peak! It is in the vaulting that once supported the Temple of Domitian.

This was not open when we were in Ephesus, but I squeezed my camera through the bars to get a sneak peak! It is in the vaulting that once supported the Temple of Domitian.

Looking towards the Gymnasium from the Water feature on the other side of the Agora

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