An Unexpected Museum

Bodrum is much more than a lively seaside resort. It is the birthplace of Herodotus and site of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. After the mausoleum fell into ruins following an earthquake, the Knights of Rhodes used its stone to fortify the 15th-century Castle of St. Peter, a showpiece of medieval military architecture.

Formerly used as a military base and prison, the Castle of St. Peter now houses a vast and fascinating collection of treasures from ancient shipwrecks discovered along Turkey’s shores. In the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, one can find Mycenean pottery, Egyptian seals, Cypriot ingots, Bronze Age artifacts, jewelry, amphorae and one of the world’s largest collections of ancient glass.

Have you been here? What were your impressions?

 

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