Bodrum is the site of the ancient city of Halicarnassus, where the famous Mausoleum of Halicarnassus was located. Built somewhere after 353 BC it is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Unfortunately, the ancient monument was destroyed by earthquakes during the Middle Ages, but some of the remnants of it can be seen in London's British Museum. According to Herodotus, born in 484 BC in Halikarnassus, the city was founded by the Dorians. Megarans enlarged the city in 650 BC and changed its name to Halicarnassus, and later Persians ruled the city from B.C. 386. After the Roman and Byzantium rule, the Ottoman Empire conquered the city in 1522, during the reign of Suleyman, The Magnificent. The city adopted its current name, Bodrum, after the Turkish Republic was declared in the 1920's.


Bodrum has grown as a sailing destination and because of its beautiful climate has become a top destination for those who enjoy witnessing its history while enjoying all the usual tourism amenities like its shops and restaurants - from small cafes to exquisite restaurants serving excellent Turkish cuisine.Behind the beach lay all the bars, restaurants, and night clubs that are the heart of Mediterranean resorts. Open fronted bars that do not really get going strong until after 10pm when everybody goes out. Should you not like the hard drinking culture that some tourists thrive on, Bodrum does have a number of reasonable clubs.


Bodrum Castle - The Castle of St Peter was built in 1402 by the The Knights of St.John. The Castle is easily the most prominent landmark in the city and now operates as the Museum of Underwater Archaeology. It is one of the world's best preserved monuments dating back to medieval times. The supervision of the construction of the castle was assigned to the German architect Heinrich Schlegelholt, to insure that the latest developments in castle fortification and design were included. The Bodrum Amphitheatre is another ancient structure accredited to the reign of King Mausolus, although it wasn’t completed until the Roman era. The theatre is another witness to the great past of Bodrum, and it is one of the best preserved structures of ancient Halikarnassus. You can find the Amphitheatre site on the road to Gümbet. 



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