Things to Do in Bodrum City

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Things to Do in Bodrum City

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  • starlightShanghai
    Victoria, Canada3,639 contributions
    Has a marvellous forested setting, with lush vegetation and gorgeous peacocks ‘patrolling’ the grounds. Much larger than one might expect just from viewing castle from the outside.

    The Castle was built by the Order of St. John of Jerusalem
    (also called Knights Hospitallers) at the beginning of 15th century A.D., and ruled by them for almost 120 years until the conquest of Rhodes by Suleiman I (Suleiman The Magnificent) in 1522.

    Since the Order of the Knights of St. John was a multinational organisation with members from several countries of Europe, each langue of the Order had its own tower, each in its own style. The castle consists of the French, Spanish (Snake), German, Italian and English Towers.

    In the Ottoman Period, Bodrum Castle was used as a small garrison base and in 1895 the castle was transformed into a prison.

    During WW1, the castle was bombed on the 26th of May 1915
    by a French battleship. This caused great damage to the castle, so the prisoners were moved inland and the castle was evacuated.

    Then the Italians invaded Bodrum. They posted their soldiers at the castle and used it as their headquarters. Following the success of the Turkish War of Independence under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, in July 1921, the Italian military forces were dispersed.

    Between the years 1939-1945 (during WW2), the castle was yet again used as a military base but was evacuated at the end of the war.

    Today, Bodrum Castle is home to the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, which is unique in Turkey, and one of the most significant Underwater Archaeology Museums in the world.

    Possibly the most intriguing exhibition in this museum is the ‘Glass Shipwreck’. The ship set sail around 1025 A.D., and, sunk shortly thereafter. Among other things in its cargo were a massive three tons of glass. The exhibition includes the remains of the original ship and much of its original cargo.

    Admission: 150 Turkish lira, with an additional fee of 50 Turkish lira for entrance into the ‘Glass Shipwreck’ Exhibition.
    Opens at 8:30 a.m. - 7 days a week
    Written January 12, 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion