A Bodrum Castle plan would help you to discover more by guaranteeing you are not missing any sections of Bodrum museum. That’s why I have prepared a Bodrum museum plan for you. I hope you will find this useful.
The yellow signs show the sections of Bodrum Castle. You are going to find more information on some of them later in this page. The blue ones are my recommendations for you to enjoy your castle visit beyond the history it stands for.
Thanks to Google Earth and the people who prepared and published a 3-D model of the Bodrum Castle so that I could create a visual guide to share with you.
2. Museum Entrance
3. Turkish Baths
4. Chapel and East Roman Wreck
5. Amphora Exhibition
6. Glass Gallery
7. Glass Wreck Hall
8. Snake Tower (Hidden Museum)
9. The Italian Tower
10. The French Tower
11. The Carian Princess Hall
12. The English Tower
13. Late Bronze Age Wreck Hall
14. Hall of Mass Grave of Galley Slaves
15. The Dungeon
16. The German Tower
17. The Commander Tower
18. Audio Guide Rental
1. Café at Inner Yard: where peacocks wander around a small but beautiful arboretum. Take your book, buy a coffee and get united with the history and nature.
2. South Wall: where a great panoramic view of Aegean Sea welcomes you. Karaada Island, Akyarlar Cape and Kos Island lie in front of you. Find a place between the bastions and enjoy the scene. Don’t forget to take some pictures.
3. The English Tower: One of the coolest sections in the castle. Lean back on a bench and watch blue waters through a small window as the Knights of St. John did 600 years ago.
4. Café & Bar at Outer Yard: Just before the museum entrance, or right after the exit. This quiet and shady garden is a great place to rest with your cold drinks and snacks.
5. North Wall: Bodrum ahoy! Capture Bodrum at its best. Marina, amphitheatre, east bay, west bay, and even The Mausoleum lies ahead.
6. Gift Shop: Last recommendation on Bodrum Castle Plan; An affordable gift and reference source under the direction of the museum. Take a look as you wish.
The stories being told in Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology are neither can fit in these pages nor easy to convey. You must search yours and pick up what you like.
Below I have given a rough guide for some of the sections of Bodrum Castle. For more comprehensive explanations, you can refer the books I have listed at the end of this page or send me an e-mail. Visiting the castle and talking to archaeologist who are working there would also give you a satisfying vision on what had happened before. I have taken this advantage many times.
Bodrum Castle Plan No.12
As you might notice, this is one of my favourite places among all other sections of Bodrum museum. It reminds me distant memories I have never lived with its atmosphere and decoration. You can sit by the window and imagine those days by engrossing in blue crystal waters.
Today, the tower is also used for various activities. For example, I was here for an amazing event. The topic was “Art and Politics”. It was an extraordinary day full of pleasant conversations with some of the most famous painters, writers and musicians of Turkey.
Bodrum Castle Plan No.13
Artefacts from Cape Gelidonya, Devil’s Creek and Uluburun wrecks can be seen in the halls of the stone building right in front of the English Tower.
Cape Gelidonya wreck is especially important. It is dated back to 1,200 BC. The excavations took place in 1960 and it was recorded as the first scientific underwater archaeology study of the world.
Devil’s Creek wreck belongs to 16th century BC. There have been found nothing from the vessel but we have found a bunch of items. Scientists think it capsized and floated away after dropping its cargo.
Uluburun wreck was a rich discovery from 14th century BC. Bronze ingots, a golden goblet, amphorae and many more were excavated from the wreck site and are exhibited at these sections of Bodrum Museum. A 1:1 scale model of the ship can also be seen in a separate hall in the same building. It is highly informative for visualizing how it looked like and how the cargo was being carried.
Bodrum Castle Plan No.8
Unlike the name implies, there has never been snakes in this tower. It was an infirmary. The name comes from the snake reliefs on the tower’s exterior walls.
The ground level had been decorated like there is an ongoing amphora meeting. The former director of the castle and the writer of various references about castle’s history, Oguz Alpozen made them talk in one of his books. Each amphora introduces its own characteristics and the era it has been made in. The oldest amphora is the head spokesman and stands in the middle as the curator of the meeting. An interesting decoration and imagination. What do you think?
Bodrum Castle Plan No.6
The chapel below the Italian Tower is the glass gallery where you can watch the history of glass like a documentary. The collection consists items from 14th century BC to 11th century AD. I was surprised to see people were working with glass back on those days. I am talking about 3,000 years!
This room is the darkest place in the museum. You can use your camera without flash. Security helped me to take some pictures with long exposure but I am not happy with the result. It’s better to have a tripod for capturing the details of this hall.
Bodrum Castle Plan No.11
This is where the story of Ada, Tha Carian Princess, is being told. She was the sister of Mausolus, the Persian Satrap who has given his name to one of the Seven Wonders of the World: The Mausoleum.
Idierus took over the throne after Mausolus and his wife Artemisia II died. As traditions dictated, Ada was married to her elder brother, the new king. When Idierus passed away in 334 BC, Ada became the ruler.
But things didn’t go well for the princess. Her greedy brother Piksadoros was ready to do whatever it takes to get the ruling power. The younger brother framed up his sister and Ada was exiled to Alyanda leaving the throne behind.
The Carian Princess’ story was sad but not completed. She met Alexander the Great in the exile and liked him very much. I bet you expect to hear about her affair with Alexander but no, strangely she offered him to be her adopted son. Somehow Alexander accepted the offer just before capturing Halicarnassus. Ada and Alexander’s generals ruled Caria together until the princess’ death when she was 44.
Above sections of Bodrum Castle are not the complete list. Bodrum Castle Plan would help you to visit rest of the halls. I also suggest to check below links to find more about the castle and the museum.
§ Sections and Layout Plan (this is where you are)
1. Ancient Halicarnassus by Oguz Alpozen
2. Karia by Canan Kucukoren
3. Mavi Yolculuk (Blue Cruise) by Azra Erhat
4. Bodrum Castle and Museum of Underwater Archaeology by Oguz Alpozen