Port Spotlight: Bodrum, Turkey
| March 9, 2015

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A glistening ocean surrounding a towering castle. Pristine beach after beach. Mediterranean nightlife that could even make Las Vegas a bit jealous. This can all be found at Bodrum, one of Turkey’s most magical cities, found on Star Clipper’s Southern Cyclades itineraries.

If history and architecture are more your style, Bodrum also offers a great deal of wonderful places to see.

The Castle of St. Peter has a long history dating back from the 15th century. Serving as a refuge for Christians in the Asia Minor, the castle came under attack during the rise of the Ottoman Empire. In 1894, it became a military base for the Turkish army during the Greek Revolt. In 1962 part of the castle became a museum for underwater archeology. Other sights of interest inside the castle include the French Tower, where Queen Ada is rumored to be buried, and a spectacular museum of ancient glass pieces. At the northern end of the castle lie the world’s oldest shipwreck and the formerly tortuous dungeons at Gatineau Tower.

Bodrum also houses one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Mausoleum, where ancient stairways, tomb chambers and a drainage system built in the late 300 B.C. are still intact.

Have you sailed to Bodrum? Let us know what you thought in the comments!

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