Top Five Historical Attractions of Bodrum

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Top Five Historical Attractions of Bodrum

Bodrum on the Aegean coast of Turkey has been inhabited by humans for thousands of years, and was the site of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Mausoleum of Halikarnassus.  Although this Wonder long since largely perished thanks to earthquake, Bodrum remains rich in historical curiosities and remnants, presenting the opportunity for plenty of interesting diversions from the standard holiday beach time pursuits.  As well as being a popular tourist destination for major tour operators, Bodrum is also a fashionable stomping ground for rich Turks and an international sailing set.

The plush Yacht Club and Marina, on the Western side of Bodrum, is unsurprisingly the focus of this scene, and the surrounding shops and cafes are definitely the upmarket part of town.  While the bars, clubs and restaurants are best explored in person, it is worth giving a brief introduction to the top five historical attractions of Bodrum.

Bodrum Castle is the most imposing landmark in the city.  You will find great views of the city from the walls of the castle, and as well as being a historical attraction in its own right, Bodrum Castle now hosts the Museum of Underwater Archaeology.

The Museum of Underwater Archaeology has an extensive collection of relics and remains from the many ships that have sunk off the nearby coast over thousands of years, and these well displayed exhibits have earned the Museum of Underwater Archaeology the European Museum of the Year Award.

The Bodrum Amphitheatre is a much more ancient construction than Bodrum Castle.  Building began before the Roman era, and in the modern era the Amphitheatre is perhaps the best preserved remnant of the lost city of Halikarnassus. Bodrum Amphitheatre is located on a hill overlooking the modern city, and is an ideal place to get some excellent holiday snaps of the both the modern harbour, and Bodrum Castle.

There are 18th Century windmills to be found throughout the Bodrum peninsula, many of which have now been restored for tourists. The windmills present some nice focal features for those wishing to explore the wider peninsula beyond the town.

The site of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus is worth a visit for those interested in history, although as mentioned ruins are all that are left of this Wonder of the Ancient World, thanks to medieval earthquake.   The Mausoleum is easily accessible, just a short walk up the hill from the Marina.

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