Knight's Castle & Halicarnassus Remains
We hope you join us on this walk through history. We start out with a visit to the Bodrum Castle, which towers over the town. Built by the Order of the Knights of St.John, construction was commenced in 1402. It is a splendid example of medieval western military architecture. It has a massive conglomeration of courtyards, turrets, galleries and sunken gardens. Today, it also houses the Museum of Underwater Archeology. This museum, the most important of its kind in the world, contains treasures from a series of historic wrecks discovered along Turkey's southern shores, including the world's oldest known shipwreck, a 14th century B.C. vessel. Also on display in the castle's Gothic Chapel is a full-scale reconstruction of part of an Eastern Roman wreck from the 7th century A.D. We will then visit the Carian Princess exhibit which evokes the last days of the ancient greatness of Halicarnassus, the capital city of Caria and the site on which today's Bodrum stands. It is a reminder of the dynasty that ruled Caria until the city fell to the Macedonian armies of Alexander the Great in 334 BC., a disaster from which it never recovered. Taking the impressions from this exhibit with us, we will stroll through the town with whitewashed houses to the Ancient Mausoleum, which is Bodrum's oldest antiquity and one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Built by Queen Artemisia II in honor of her husband King Mausolos, the entire structure originally stood over 150 feet tall. The term for a large tomb is derived from the King's name. Little remains of the mausoleum after the Knights had helped themselves to building materials for their castle, however our guide will bring it to life for us. After our visit through the ruins you can choose to walk back to the pier or join a shuttle bus back to the pier and board SeaDream.
Notes: This is a walking tour involving many steps which have been worn smooth with time and can therefore be slippery. Wear comfortable, rubber-soled shoes. The walk between Bodrum Castle and the Mausoleum takes approx 15 mins. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures and prices in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final tour details will be announced onboard.
Duration: 3.5 hours
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