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Contents / Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archeology

A thousand year old shipwreck, a Carian princess who lived in the 4th century B.C.-every tower of Bodrum Castle has a different story to tell. Bodrum was a forgotten Anatolian fishing village in the 1960s. Its castle, substantially destroyed during English and French bombardment of 26-28 May 1915 in the First World War, lay abandoned in ruins. But its fate changed when artifacts were unearthed and recovered from underwater sites for research and display in the castle. Now, following 40 odd years of efforts, the once notorious dungeon of the castle has been turned into a museum. As one of the Mediterranean's greenest castle visitors are greeted by a thousand and one species of flowers and birds living in its courtyards. Each of the castle's six towers tells the story of a different shipwreck. History comes alive here, gripping visitors and transporting them back hundreds of years. Gods and goddesses, queens, knights and sailors of past centuries are brought back to live. But before recounting these tales, let us touch briefly on the history of Bodrum, once one of the largest fortresses on the Mediterranean coast.

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