Bodrum – A Fusion of East and West

Bodrum in Turkey is an ancient city steeped in mystery and magic. It’s hard not to be inspired here – it is, after all, the ancient crossroads where East and West merge and mingle. The former name of Bodrum is Halikarnassos, and it used to house the Mausoleum of Halikarnassos.  This was named as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, however it was sadly destroyed during earthquakes a long time ago.

Some relics from the mausoleum can be visited today in the British Museum – although you can experience the history first hand by checking out the real Bodrum! There are still some discernible fragments that are enjoyable to explore. Cheap holidays to Turkey allow you to experience all of the excellent blends of Eastern and Western culture are here to discover.

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For an exciting foray into Middle Eastern culture enjoy a hammam, also known as a Turkish Bath. There is a fine hammam located right across the road from the bus station that offers Turkish massage and steam rooms.  Alternatively, take in the best of the West with plentiful shops at the Oasis Shopping Centre where you will discover international brands as well as restaurants and entertainment such as bowling.

Bodrum Castle, also known as the Castle of St. Peter, was created in 1402 by the Knights Hospitaller, this is the most beautiful and prominent landmark in this proud town and the 360 degree views from the top of the ocean and town are breathtaking.

Don’t miss the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, inside of Bodrum Castle, established in 1964. This displays the treasures found from undersea excavations along the Turkish coast. This museum has won many prestigious awards and is highly recommended by both history buffs and curious wanderers alike. From glass ingots to beautiful jewellery, you will not be disappointed.


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