Thursday, October 11, 2012

Ephesus, Turkey

well, one more card for today which came as a great surprise from Zoran and his holiday in Turkey.
the Celsus library in Ephesus was the third largest one in the ancient times, following the one in Alexandria and Rome.
It was built in 117 A.D.and was a monumental tomb for Gaius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus, the governor of the province of Asia. The grave of Celsus was beneath the ground floor, across the entrance where there was a statue of Athena over it since Athena was the goddess of the wisdom.
It was unusual to be buried within a library or even within city limits, so this was a special honor for Celsus.
The library was built to store 12,000 scrolls.
Unfortunately, the interior of the library and all its books were destroyed by fire in the devastating earthquake that struck the city in 262. Only the facade survived. About 400 AD, the library was transformed into a Nymphaeum. The facade was completely destroyed by a later earthquake, likely in the late Byzantine period.

well, still, at least something has remained that could make it onto a postcard nowadays


the stamp was issued this year in a set of 3, regarding the Provision of Equality of Opportunities between Men and Women in Turkey.

hvala još jednom Zorane!

and all of you, have a great day...it is a lovely sunny one here...so im off to some sunshine and fresh air...and see you soon! :)

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