Reading list | Bodrum

Bodrum, the ancient city of Heroditus, is the capital of Turkey’s holiday industry, with scores of gulets and ketches lining its quays. Although it is home to the Mausoleum of Harlicarnassus, more can be seen of its treasures at the British Museum rather than brave the loud tourist streets. After Charles Newton's expedition to acquire the remains, told by Rupert Scott in Cornucopia 44, precious little remains. But the site does give an idea of one of the Seven Wonders of the World which overlooked the city of Halicarnassus, home of Herodotus, that Maussolleus had enlarged inside a 7km wall. Some of his mausoleum was plundered for the imposing Crusader castle, which today houses an impressive Museum of Underwater Archaeology. Draped in bougainvillea with an attractive waterfront, the town has retained much of its charm, though some of the traditional style is hidden behind closed doors, and examples have been photographed by Lynn Gilbert featured in Cornucopia's Blog, Inside Story: Bodrum. Sponge diving, on which the town once relied, is told in the Maritime Museum. Though no longer practised, fish are on all the menus, espeically in Çarsi Sokat, off the main street, where you select a fish, and tuck into mezzes while it's being cooked. 

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