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The Underwater Archeological Museum of Bodrum
It is one of the most important and biggest museums of its kind in
the world. The relics recovered from excavation which started in the
1960's are on display in this museum located in the Bodrum Castle.
The Eastern Mediterranean amphora collection as well as findings
resulting from research on sunken ships in the immediate vicinity
are on display. The significant of this sunken ships are those at
Yassiada, Seytan Brook and Serce Harbour. The remains of the oldest
known sunken ship in the world are also here and well-worth seeing.
Open days to visit: Everyday except Monday.
It gets its name from the fact that the tomb of Mausolos, the King
of Caria, is located here. Known as one of the Seven Wonders of the
World. The construction was started in 350 BC by Mausolus and after
his death completed by Artemisia. The whole monument was built with
green stone blocks and the outer face was lined with white marble
and bluish limestone with an approximate height of 50 m. The
monument consists four main sections; the pedestal and the main tomb,
the temple in the Ionian style, the pyramid of 24 layers standing on
columns, statues of King Mausolus and Artemisia standing standing
side by side in the chart pulled by four horses at the top. His wife,
also his sister, had the most famous architects of the day design
the structure. It was almost completely destroyed in the Great
Anatolian earthquake. There is a small museum here at the site of
this tomb which was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
The word "maussolleion" is taken from King Mausolos name. Many of
the stones of this Mausoleum were used in the construction of Bodrum
Castle. The beautiful relief's on the grave, however, were taken to
the British Museum during the excavations in the 19th century.
Ancient Theater: The theatre is located on the Bodrum -
Turgutreis road standing on the slope of Göktepe, is splendid
construction. The theater has been constructed during the period of
Mausolus. It has an audience capacity of 13,000 seats. Used as a
necropolis for some time. It consists of a stage - building,
orchestra pit and cavea. The stage area has been uncovered and the
seats have been restored.
Rock Tombs: Above the theater on the slope are rock tombs
that belong to the Hellenistic and Roman periods.
Myndos Door : Is one of the two entrances to Halicarnassos, Located
west of the city, The Myndos Door consisted of two monumental towers
and an inner courtyard at the gate that lead to the city and was
the most important entrance to the city built by Maousolus.
Alexander the great had attempt to enter into the town through Milas
Gate and left from Myndos Gate.
Çifit Castle (Aspat) : Built on a rocky outcrop in the south
western portion of the peninsula close to Bagla cove, it contains
artefacts from several civilizations.
Stratonikeia : Located on the Yatagan - Milas highway, the
ruins in the village of Eskihisar contains a very rich collection of
artefacts from the Caria, Roman and Byzantine eras.
Lagina : The temple of Hecate can be reached by following the
dirt road (9 km) leading to Turgut. Excavations have shown that this
city, once an important center of the Caria Civilization, has been
inhabited since the Early Bronze Age.
Cedrai Island: One of the most eminent ruins of the region
with its rich history and natural beauty, Sedir Island can be
reached by boat either from Gökova - Akyaka or Çamlikoy. The ruins
which one would want to see first are the Temple of Apollo, the
theatre and the ancient harbor. The famous Cleopatra beach is here
Cisterns: Cisterns built by the Ottomans and known as "Gumbet"
can be seen all over the peninsula. They were built by the wealthy
citizens who named the cisterns after themselves.
Mustafa Pasa Mosque : Upon his arrival to Bodrum to construct
a dockyard, Mustafa Pasha from Kizilhisar made this mosque built.
Tepecik Mosque : It was constructed by Hamam Aga, the steward of
Adliye Mosque: It was built in 1901 through the means of the
monastery fund provided by the amount gathered among the public and
given by Abdulhamit II.
Saldırsah Horasani Tomb, Kubbeli Tomb, Mustafa Pasha Tomb including
the grave of Kaptan-i Derya Cafer Pasha and Koyunbaba Tomb are
worth to see.
TRADITIONAL BODRUM HOUSES
The common features of the traditional architecture used in Bodrum
are windowless first floors and doors on the second storey with
access by way of ladders that can be drawn up into the house. These
houses, which are now protected by the government, are located
mostly in the villages of Ortakent and Kocakaya above Gümüşlük.
Individuals,such as artists and writers who have settled in Bodrum
have done a great service to the area by restoring older houses and
this has made it an even more interesting place to visit.
Didyma - Miletos - Priene
Priene: This is one of the most beautiful ancient cities in
the area, located five kilometres along the Söke-Bodrum highway near
the village of Güllübahçe. At the entrance to the ancient city there
is a map that can be used on your tour of the city. Priene is a
masterpiece of architecture, designed by the most famous architect
of the era, Hippodamos. The theatre is in good condition, with a
Byzantine church at its side, a gymnasium to the south, the Temple
of Demeter on the slopes of the acropolis, the Temple of Athena with
some of its columns upright and the bouleuterion where the city
officials used to meet.
Miletos: Miletos was a major port city of its time. When the
Menderes River silted up the bay it lost its significance, just like
Priene. It has a magnificent 15,000 seat theatre, the Faustina Baths
spread over a large area nearby, a palaestra, and the Temple of
Serapis behind the city walls. There is also the foundation
structure of the agora of which the main parts are in the Berlin
Pergamon Museum, the church of the archbishop near the northern gate
of the agora, a 100 metre protocol path, shops along the path, the
harbour avenue and two temples dedicated to the gods of prosperity
Demeter and Kore.
Didyma: with the spectacular Didymaion Apollon temple at the
entrance to Didim-Yenihisar. The sacred area of the ancient city of
Miletos, this is the most sacred structure in the region after
Ephesus and the island of Samos.
Köyceğiz - Dalyan
Kaunos Ruins : It is accepted that first settlement is till
to the 1000 B. C. Lycia, Caria and Romans are the ones who settled
here. Acropolis and ramparts, theater, Roman bath, round fountain
revealed during excavations, temple and agora are the visible ruins
Rock Graves : Rock graves near to the Dalyan channel which connects
Köyceğiz lake and Mediterranean are dated as 4th century B. C.
Dalyan Strait : People who have participated to a ship tour
from the strait which connects Köyceğiz lake to Mediterranean are
stroll between narrow corridors, which are not known where to enter
and where to leave. Peninsula is just like a haven with at the left
side, a 80 - 100 m. wide, kilometers long, forest entering sand sea,
at the right side, bays within pine forests.
İztuzu Beach : It is a unique beautiful beach on which
Caretta - Carettas are lying their eggs.
Traditional Milas Houses : Most of the Milas houses are from
19th century. All houses generally have an irregular big or small
courtyard. Upper floors of two floor houses are exceeds to street
like balconies. There is absolutely a floor furnace within each
Milas houses. Shafts are also an exceptional architectural samples.
External walls and garden walls of the houses are painted with
whitewash. On the İzmir exit of province at Burgaz District,
Abdülaziz Ağalar Villa is still standing and its masonry sample
composing consoles are attractive.
Iassos : It is on a peninsula against Güllük in Mandalya Bay.There
are big rampart, aqueducts, theater within the city, extending till
3000s B. C. 18 km. after Köşk village junction of Milas - Söke road,
you will reach to city and sea. Also it is advantageous to remember
that a visit to be made via sea transport from Güllük, will be
unforgettable. Antic harbor of the city is the resort place of
yachting persons today.
Labranda (Koca Plateau) : You can reach to Labranda, founded
on a terrace on Mount Çomak, at 18 km. north - east of Milas, with a
stabilized road from Milas. Wanderers can see upholstery signs from
place to place on the 8 m. wide road, beginning from Mylasa during
antic era, today. First excavations in Labranda, whose ruins are
largely preserved, are commenced on 1940. It is famous with Zeus
Labrandus temple, constructed during Satraplas period in Karya on
4th century B. C.
Keramos : It is at the today's Ören borough, North coast of
Gökova bay, and it is 50 km. away from Milas. Defense walls, rock
graves at feet of mountain, tombs at necropolis from the city, which
took its name Keramos, which means "Pot" or "Ceramic" in Greek
language are the important ruins which reached till today. It is one
of the most attractive ruin places of tourists, participated to Blue
Voyage, made in Gökova bay, begun from Bodrum.
Herakleia : City is founded at the coast of Bafa Lake at the
south feet of Beşparmak Mountains. It has supported 6,5 km. long
rampart walls with 65 towers on a very rough grounds and rocks.
There are Athena Temple, Agora, City Assembly Building, Theater and
a hamam in the city, constructed during Hellenistic Era.
Bargylia : It is founded within a bay, extended through land
at south of Güllük Harbor within Mandalya Bay. Bargylia, at the 30th
km. of Milas - Bodrum road, is founded by Bellere Phon, one of the
Greek Myth heroes. At the twin peeks of this hill, Roman and Greek
at north and at the other areas Byzantium Era pieces of arts are
Beçin : It is founded on a steep rock at 200 m. height at
approximately 5 km. south of Milas. Name of the city is passed as
"Pezona" in Medieval Italian sources, and "Berçin", "Peçin" and "Beçin"
in Turk - Islam sources. Structure ruins, reached today from city
are dense at Kenez and Sığmen, ramparts and external castle
surrounded by ramparts, internal castle looking to Milas plains.
Zeus Karios Temple : It is in the Hisarbaşı District. It is
constructed on a 3.5 m. high podium at east of Hisarbaşı hill. Only
a column at corinth order, named as Yuva today is standing.
Gümüş Kesen Monument : Probably IInd century A. D. dated this
monument is composed of a cover gradually narrowed like pyramid,
supported by columns and grades on this chamber and a rectangular
Sinuri Temple: There is a temple ruins, which belongs to god
Sinuri, preserving an old Kar name on a hill over today's Kalınağıl
village at 14 km. east of Milas.
Sinuri priest had remained within a family passing from father to
son after 4th century B. C. A great bairam is made Per year, and
cows are sacrificed. As well as it is not known that how god is
described, but it is understood that it holds a double faced axe in
his hands. Sinuri Temple is turned into church during Christianity
Lake Bafa: There is Lake Bafa, which is the mirror of Lunar
Goddess Athena between oil groves, on Söke - Milas road. Lake is
just like a mirror including moon within summer nights with its
small white beaches and small resort places at the coast. It is
recommended to eat the grey mullet and yılan balığı.
Güllük : This bay, famous with its fish egg and natural
beaches within olive grove 25 km. away from Milas is also
appropriate for yachting.
Ören: It is 49 km. away from Milas, and can be reached with
passing within high pine forests. Gökova bay, is an ancient
settlement center and decorated with citrus gardens at the place
where sea descended of bay north high mountains.
Beypınarı : It is at the place, where passenger coffeehouses
are present within high pine forests on Milas - Yatağan road. It is
famous with its chicken roast and ice like water fountain under cool
trees. Akbük (Güllük Bay) and Kazıklı Bay are the places to mention
within the Bay coastal line.