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A giant open-air museum

If you get to Ephesus (Turkey), you can delight yourself with what the Romans left as a legacy, when they dominated these distant lands it was actually the golden era of Ephesus. Ephesus is a giant open-air museum. You will walk by Agora high and low, pass through the largest amphitheater of antiquity with seating for 30,000 spectators, the impressive entrance of the Library of Celsus, what remains of the Temple of Artemis, the marble road, flanked by magnificent columns, another smaller amphitheater (the Odeon) and even the remains of a public toilet (see the pictures attached). They say it's always warm, and of course the day I went it was too much, so don't forget to cover your head and bring plenty of water to drink.

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Mausoleum for Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemeano

The Celsus Library is in a square at the end of Cureto Way. It was built as a mausoleum for Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemeano. To avoid people's criticism in the middle of the city and it was turned it into a public library. The walls are doubled in thickness for the books inside and protect them from moisture. The thing that sticks out the most is that the facade has two floors and double Corinthian columns. In many of the niches there are replicas of sculptures, the originals are exhibited in the Ephesus Museum in Vienna.

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