Bodrum is a city on the Bodrum Peninsula, stretching from Turkey’s southwest coast into the Aegean Sea. The city features twin bays with views of Bodrum Castle. This medieval fortress was built partly with stones from the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, completed in the 4th century B.C.
Inside Bodrum Castle is the Underwater Archaeology Museum, exhibiting collections of shipwrecks and artifacts from antiquity. Built on the site of the ancient Greek city of Halicarnassus, Bodrum features architectural remains including Myndos Gate, once an entry point into the ancient city, and the restored 4th-century amphitheater, a functioning concert venue with sea views from its hilltop perch.
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 for the award-winning Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology