Exploring the beautiful Bodrum City of Turkey

The city of Bodrum attracts travelers with white sails rising high above blue ocean, luxury hotels, crowded bar, or shimmering lights...

Located in southwestern Turkey, Bodrum was once an ancient Greek city called Halicarnassus, famous for its battleships. Today, this city is known as the sailing city, an exciting tourism paradise.

Bodrum attracts many wealthy and famous people from all over the world. They come here just to enjoy the sweet sunshine of Bodrum Bay - one of most 29 beautiful bays in the world, with many astonishing Mediterranean beaches. You will be overwhelmed by the luxurious hotels, resorts, bars and entertainment centres here.

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Standing on the shores of Bodrum, you can see the windswept sails rising everywhere, giving this city a unique appearance. You do not have to be a millionaire to own a luxury yacht for yourself. Coming to this incredible city, you are still able to discover the sea on your own, experience the feelings of the rich, listen to the cheerful waves, enjoy a cool iced cocktail on the sunny deck. You can rent a boat with friends or share the boat with other travelers.

However, in this modern painting, there are still traces of the past that are clearly illustrated in ancient fishing villages, mausoleums, and theaters. These ruins occupy most of today's Bodrum.

The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (also known as the Tomb of Mausolus, built between 353 and 350 BC, is considered the perfect mausoleum of the ancient world.

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This work was considered to be a great success in the art and was classified as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Existing for 16 centuries in spite of the winds and the rains, the mausoleum only collapsed and became desolate after the earthquakes and crusades in the 15th century. The Tomb of Mausolus today is an almost perfect reconstructed building with sophisticated decor.

However, the most impressive building from the past is the massive Castle of St.Peter (also known as the Bodrum Castle), brilliantly located on the rock between the seaport and the marina.

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This castle was built from fragments of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, which were brought there by the Crusaders. At the end of the 19th century, the castle was used as a prison with brutal torture rooms. Then it was restored with seven large gates and five famous towers including the English Tower, the Italian Tower, the German Tower, the French Tower and the Snake Tower, which you can’t discover in only one day.

The castle acts as a museum. Its highlight is the underwater archaeological museum - the first and only archaeological museum of Turkey. It features a collection of ancient amphoras, a Turkish steam bath, the model of a Roman cargo ship, battleships, antique vases, bronze, glassware...

By: Cole Guthrie

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