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Bodrum Castle, also known as the Castle of St.Peter, is a magnificent structure on the waterfront, is over 600 years old and is a superb example of a Gothic style stronghold, where you can walk around the twisting passageways and towers designed to make the castle as difficult as possible for invaders to take.
Bodrum Castle is an impressive medieval castle built by the Knights of the Rhodes guards the entrance to Bodrum’s dazzling blue bay, in which the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas meet.
History of the Castle
The construction of the castle has been started in the year 1402 by the Knights of Rhodes and continued till 1522. The castle has five main towers with the names “British, French, German, Italian and Spanish Towers”.
Bodrum Castle has been used as a prison during the era of the Sultan Abdulhamit II, the Ottoman Empire.
What to See?
The Bodrum Castle (the Castle of St Peter) is one of the most popular sights and spots of Bodrum. The castle is undoubtedly worth a visit.
The Museum of Underwater Archaeology
Bodrum Castle also hosts the famous Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology since 1964. The museum exhibits a collection of fascinating relics from the lives of ancient shipwrecked mariners, with glassware, copper-ware and gold items from the ship on display.
The museum is one of the most rare underwater archaeology museums in the world that holds treasures that have been excavated from Turkish waters and also has received a special commendation in 1995 as the “European Museum of the Year”.
The Museum is also home to the world’s oldest known shipwrecks. A visit to the museum is a highly recommended on your Bodrum holidays.
Bodrum Castle Visiting Hours & Admissions
Open every day from 08:30-19:00 (from 01 April to 01 October), 08:30-18:00 (from 01 October to 01 April)
Notice: Only the 1st phase of the museum is open due to restoration works.
Hours of Ticket Sale
Ticket counters close 30 minutes before the museum closing time.
Museum Entrance Fee: 48 TL (about €7,3)
How to Get There?
Bodrum Castle is situated just at the central Bodrum, just by the coast. It is visible from just about everywhere in Bodrum.
Address: Çarşı dist., Kale Str., central Bodrum, Turkey
Tel: +90 (252) 316 25 16