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Bodrum Castle - Bodrum

Updated: May 7, 2022

Bodrum Castle - One visit

During our stay in Bodrum centre with a magical view of the Bodrum Castle and after recommendations from our local friends, we had to visit the Bodrum Castle.

We were impressed and fortunate to enjoy it without the crowds. An insider's tip is to check how many cruise ships are docked, as this castle experiences large crowds and queues.

We visited during the shoulder season and had the castle to ourselves and a few other people.

It is a beautiful castle; I loved all the wildlife wandering around, peacocks (and white peacocks), and tortoises who were brave enough to say hello!

Stunning views over Bodrum, very well maintained and goes without saying full of history lessons.

The artefacts of the shipwrecks and discovery journeys were quite remarkable.

The natural history lesson from Wikipedia: Bodrum Castle is a historical fortification located in Bodrum, built from 1402 onwards by the Knights of St John as the Castle of St. Peter or Petroleum. A transnational effort, it has four towers known as the English, French, German, and Italian towers, bearing the names of the nations responsible for their construction. The castle was completed in the late 15th century, only to be taken over by the Islamic Ottoman Empire in 1523. The chapel was converted to a mosque, and a minaret was added. The castle remained under the empire for almost 400 years. After remaining empty following World War I, in the early 1960s, the castle became the home of the award-winning Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology. Visit the significant shipwreck in the museum and reflect on the divers, many of whom had more than 5,000 individual dives to recover the displayed artifacts.

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