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Bodrum, Turkey


"The Bay from the citadel at Bodrum, Turkey", © Elroy Christenson 1985.

    Bodrum was an ancient Roman colony on the rocky coast of Turkey. At one time it held one of the major wonders of the ancient world, the Mausoleum of Halikarnassus. Built to the memory of Mausolus, the ruler of Halikarnassus in the 4th century bce. There is a small museum at the location that attempts to recreate the magnificence of the creation. The mausoleum's major sculptures have, however, been removed to the British Museum in London.

    The castle above the city was started by the Knights of St. John after they entered the area in 1402. Construction continued until 1522 when the moslem ruler, Suleyman the Magnificent took over the region. The picturesque port still exists with boats that Sinbad would have lived on with no problem.

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