If you love exploring the culture and want to see something more ancient than the famous Bodrum Castle, than head out to the remains of the Bodrum Mausoleum Museum, also known as the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, which is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
History of the Bodrum Mausoleum
When completed around 350 B.C., it was 50 meters high, and was rising over the Bodrum peninsula with a 24 step pyramid and chariot on top, and each side was decorated with friezes of battle scenes between the Greeks and Amazons.
Mausoleum means the memorial tomb of Maussolus. The Maussollos, a member of the Hecatomnos family, who was assigned as a Satrap to the Caria region by the Persians, began the construction for himself in 355 B.C., to show the world the greatness of his power continued after his death.
After his death in 353, his wife Artemisia continued the construction and following her death in 351, it was completed by the efforts of several sculptors of the era.
What to See?
Not much has been left remaining after it was destroyed between 1000 A.D. and 1400 A.D. and survived for more than 1600 years. But still it worth a visit with its beautiful area with several remains, gardens and landscape.
You’ll see several foundations and a collection of the many battle scene friezes, which are on display next to the remains.
A visit to the Mausoleum is recommended to feel the ancient times and have a picture of yourself by one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
Bodrum Mausoleum Museum Visiting Hours & Admissions
Open every day except Mondays, from 08:30-19:00 (from 01 April to 01 October), 08:30-18:00 (from 01 October to 01 April)
Closed on Mondays.
Hours of Ticket Sale
Ticket counters close 30 minutes before the museum closing time.
How to Get There?
The Bodrum Mausoleum Museum is situated on the Turgutreis Street in central Bodrum.
Address: Tepecik Mahallesi, 48440, central Bodrum, Turkey
Tel: +90 (252) 316 12 19