Myndus Gate, Bodrum
The ancient city of Halikarnassos, old name of Bodrum had a city wall around it, the Myndus gate was one of the ways in. In 333 BC Alexander the great entered the city after a long fight, theres not a lot left to look at , but if you like history this is for you. Walking the Myndus gate is off Turgut Reis street,this is a one way street but you are walking against the traffic flow.
Bodrum (or Halikarnassus as it was originally called) was a walled city. Very little would indicate this unless you have a closer inspection. The best preserved evidence of this defensive structure is the Myndos Gate on the very outskirts of the town. The gate was the western exit from the city on the raod to Myndos (hence the name and you will see that it is very near a street called Myndos Caddessi). Myndos still exits but is now called by its modern name - Gumusluk. These walls were most likely built by King Mausolos and did extend for nearly 5 miles around the town. Myndos was also created by King Mausolos - busy man :-)
This gate was the scene of one of Bodrum's most gruesome incidents - when Alexander the Great attacked the Persians who were in the town in 334BC, there was great loss of Bodrum life during that period and Alexander destpyed the gate and much of the wall that prevented his access to Halicarnassus.
This site has no charge to access it and has been the centre of a hugely expensive restoration by Turkish businesses. It is a fair walk to reach the gate and again in the heat you may opt for a taxi ride there, we did. Once there it is well worth it and we were especially pleased to see how much is actually in tact compared with guidebook suggestions.
The ancient city of Halikarnassos (former name for Bodrum) was surrounded by a city wall. Myndos Gate was an important part of the city wall and one of the two entrances. It was at this gate that in 333 B.C. Alexander the Great tried to enter the city. However, he and his soldiers had a hard time to enter but finally succeeded.
The Myndus gate is located by the old Gumbet road, near the Gumbet junction, next to the Turkish cemetery at the western exit of the town
This project, which was made possible by the support of Ericsson and Turkcell, aims to restore the ancient city wall of Bodrum, known in antiquity as Halikarnassos, with particular attention to Myndos Gate and the Ottoman Tower, landscaping and lighting has made the walls accesible to the public. Restoration is an important step in appreciating an preserving the heritage of this important historical site