History and Culture
History experts tell us the first records of settlement on the Bodrum Peninsula were the god-worshipping Carians, but the area is more famous for the Dorain Greeks that inhabited the area from the 7th century BC. The Dorians named the area Halicarnassus and they accepted the son of Poseidon called Anthes as the founder.
For 16 years, the area led a relatively quiet existence before they faced the wrath of Alexander the great when he invaded in 334BC. Crusader knights were to have the honour though because in 1402, they built the most famous landmark of the Aegean coast, Bodrum castle that stills stands today.
- Greek island of Kos is just 3 miles away from Bodrum.
- The main income of the town is yachting and tourism.
- The museum located by the castle displays two ships. Shipwrecked over 900 years ago, reconstruction efforts now make them the highlight of the museum.
- The population of Bodrum in 2009 was just over 118, 000 a huge leap from the population of 2000, which was 32,000.
- Bodrum is the tourism hub of Aegean Coast.
- Famous people that have been to Bodrum include Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas, Beyoncé and Jay Z.
- Bodrum is twinned with the following cities in other countries; Aalborg in Denmark, Pleven and Haskovo in Bulgaria and Guidan Roumji in Niger.
- The Zeki Muren art museum in Bodrum is dedicated to a famous Turkish singer, composer and artist who died in 1996. Originally, from Bursa, he made Bodrum his lifelong home.