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Today, Bodrum is a well-known tourist destination and is also an international center for yachting. The city is famous for its culture and history which is portrayed in many of its attractions.

Bodrum Kalesi / Castle of St. Peter

Bodrum Kalesi or the Bodrum Castle or the Castle of St. Peter is the main sight of attraction for the tourists. This tall monument was built by the Knights between 1402 and 1437. The castle has got beautiful gardens and a spectacular view.

Underwater Archeology Museum

The Underwater Archeology Museum is the most fascinating attraction of the museum in Bodrum. This part is devoted to underwater archeology. The Museum displays objects recovered from the sea along with illustrations of the methods and equipment used by the underwater archeologists.

Mausoleion

The Ancient city of Halikarnassos, Mausoleion, or Mausoleum is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World dating back to 353 B.C. The Mausoleum was built by Artemisia II in honor of her brother and husband. Now it is an open-air museum.

The Ancient Amphitheatre

This is one of the best attractions to visit. This 2000-year-old amphitheatre is located on the main highway. Also, the beautiful view of Bodrum Harbor is not to be missed.

Other Ancient Remains

Except for the Mausoleion, there is an ancient theatre to the northwest, some remains of a Doric Stoa to the northeast side and on the upper side are some remains of various tombs. The Mausolos, built in the 4th Century, stood to the east of the naval harbor and along the north side of the harbor was the agora, and on the inside stood a huge statue of the god Ares.

All these remains have been preserved in their places or in Museums and are particularly popular with tourists.

Bodrum Beaches

The most attractive beaches lie in a small quiet village of Torba, around 5 km from Bodrum. The beaches are surrounded by green pines and olive trees.