St. Peter Castle, Bodrum

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    The symbol of Bodrum

    by Helga67 Updated Feb 24, 2006

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    The castle was built by the Knights of Rhodes in honour of St.Peter. It used to serve as a place of refugee for all Christians on the West Coast of Asia during the time of the crusades. Later when the Turks took over Bodrum it became a prison. Nowadays the castle houses the world's largest Museum of Underwater Archaeology.

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    Castle

    by popoze Written Oct 11, 2007

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    The Bodrum Castle.
    The construction of the Bodrum Castle was begun in 1406 by the knights of Saint Johnand was built on top of the old Turkish and Byzantine Castles and the Saint Peter. The construction of the castle continued until 1522. It is the strogest castle in the Mediterranean. It is situated prominently on the rocky Peninsula. In order to reach the inner castle,one passes through seven gates. There are five major towers in the castle wich were built by different nations one of these is the English tower( Lion Tower).
    Wish is the biggest monument wich is contructed by the English outsite of England. The others are the French tower (Lace tower) The Spanish tower (Snake tower) The Italian tower (the Relief tower) and the German tower (The strong tower).
    They are 249 coats of arms on the walls. These belong to the Grand Master (Magnus Magister)and his castle commanders.
    Bodrum Castle was taken by the Turks on January the 5th in 1523 without a fight from the knights of Saint John afther the conquest of Rhodes.
    During the knights of Saint John period, Bodrum castle probably held about 50 knights and 150 soldiers.

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    Visit St Peter's Castle and Museum

    by andreajones Written Oct 31, 2006

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    A trip to the castle and museum is a must. It is a bit like a Tardis - bigger inside than it looks. We did not see the whole thing - we skipped the towers and explored the rest including the museum with thousands of years of relics to hum and ha over. Be prepared for aching legs and amazing views. Three and a half hours we were there and it was not enough. There was an elderly man in the castle grounds doing water colour paintings of the castle - we bought one, framed for 7 lira - well worth it. If you enjoy history you will enjoy all the recovered glass ware and items found in old wrecks and there are explanations of all the civilazations that ever occupied Turkey.

    St Peters CAstle The entrance View of Bodrum from the castle Cannon

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    a 'must see' in Bodrum

    by Alikatt Updated Nov 25, 2006

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    There's an imposing "Trojan' horse that guards the entrance of St. Peter's Castle. It's a reconstruction that was used in a documentary in 2004.

    The castle itself which was built in the 15th century is not part of the ancient history of Bodum which bears Halikarnassus as its name. But today it houses the Museum of Underwater Achaeology which showcases relics much older than the castle itself. I imagine ships plying the ancient trading routes littered with amphorae which served as vessels for the most precious commodities then. Walking within the castle's outer walls and battlement, gazing at amazing seaviews was a delight even in the summer heat. There are also gardens within the walls which offer respite, tea and welcoming shade.

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    You should visit here

    by rovingjay Written Oct 3, 2013

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    As well as lots of historical things to look at, and exhibitions to tour, the castle is just a really great building to walk around, and from the ramparts you get a good view of the bay and surrounding area.

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  • Me, with the gun :)

    by denizkizi Written Sep 18, 2006

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    This castle is really one of the must see in Bodrum. I have never seen such a castle in Turkey. Most of the castles are nice from outside but there's nothing to see inside. But this really has worth seeing. I just don't have pictures so that you go and see by yourself :P

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    great view on top of the st. peter's castle

    by June.b Written Oct 7, 2009

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    aside from the nightlife and the marina, i think the st. peter's castle is the main attraction of bodrum, also known as bodrum castle or bodrum kalesi was built by the Knights Hospitaller in 1402 . there're a lot of stuff to see inside, outside and around the castle.

    walk along the marina and it's located at the far end. we paid TL10, the castle houses the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, so abundant in artefact discoveries of ancient shipwrecks in the Aegean Sea like amphora vases dating back to BC which i find interesting (well, i was imagining how many ancient people held these water vases while i was scanning the collections). then there's this dark room where they're keeping small ancient cute glasses kept well and illuminated by really dark lights, some precious stones too.

    the view at the top of the castle is breathtaking.

    the castle is really worth a visit.

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    St Peter's Castle

    by Agraichen Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The castle contains many artifacts and an excellent reproduction of one of the sailing vessels used (in the maritime museum).

    Incredible views of the city can be seen from most anywhere on the castle wall.

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    St Peters Castle & Bodrum beach

    by Innovator Written Aug 19, 2004

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    Take a walk and enjoy the environment.
    When you eat out at night close to the castle you can take magnificent pictures with the enlighted castle in the background. Remember: no flash for full background ;)

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    Commercial Amphora collection

    by June.b Updated Oct 8, 2009

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    type of ceramic vase with two handles and a long neck narrower than the body. used by the ancient Greeks and Romans as the principal means for transporting and storing grapes, olive oil, wine, oil, olives, grain, fish, and other commodities.

    there's a large collection of amphora inside the castle of st. peter or bodrum castle, dating back as far as the BC times. these vases were a part of the museum of underwater archelogy and recovered from several ancient shipwrecks of roman merchant vessels.

    most of them are in good shape, some with corals that have accummulated around it.

    interesting for vases enthusiasts.

    amphora vases collection of vases dating back around 3,2,1, BC
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    Ancient Glass collection

    by June.b Updated Oct 8, 2009

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    the ancient glass collection @ bodrum kalesi, located inside a very dark room. the ancient glass collection is one of the four biggest ancient glass collections in the world.

    unguentariums, small and really cute jugs and vases, various stones and precious rocks dating back around 2nd to 4th AD.

    glass collections @ bodrum castle
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    St. Peter Castle, Bodrum

    by georeiser Written Jul 3, 2009

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    The fortress St. Peter Castle is the most famous building in Bodrum, and is located at the edge of the harbour. It got it's St. Peter, the Liberator, because it served as a refugee place for Christians. The construction started around the 1400's.

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    Bodrum Castle Views

    by rovingjay Written Oct 3, 2013

    There are a lot of different exhibitions at Bodrum Castle, and there are slices of history throughout the entire building, but one of the best bits of a visit to Bodrum Castle is to walk around the ramparts and take in the view of the bay.

    Bodrum Bay & Bar Street View of the Bay Looking out towards Karaada Island Looking out towards the Aegean
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    Bodrum Castle

    by alectrevor Written May 22, 2008

    The castle of St, Peter Bodrum dominates Bodrum harbour. It was built by the Knights of St John from 1402 until 1522. Today the small admission charge includes the underwater archaeology museum. From the top there are great views of Bodrum

    Castle of St. Peter Bodrum. The English tower. The German tower View from castle

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    Castle of St Peter

    by mart8777 Updated Oct 26, 2005

    The Castle defending Bodrum stands on a small peninsular between Salmakis Bay and Kumbahce Bay. An open air theatre and also the home of the Museum of Underwater Archaeology.
    Well worth a visit for those into history and marine artifacts, Castles and great views over Bodrum. Nice place to visit during the afternoon heat, to cool down.

    Archaeology at work View of Bodrum from the castle. More views of Bodrum

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