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Bodrum Castle

Bodrum Castle
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Copyright: Mustafa YAPICI (milas) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
Género: Lugares
Medio: Color
Tomada el: 2009-01-06
Categorías: Transportes
Versión de la foto: Versión original
Fecha enviada: 2009-01-06 8:08
Vista: 865
Puntos: 46
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Bodrum Castle...
A visit to Bodrum's Castle of St. Peter is a must-see in Bodrum, and many visitors are surprised to find such riveting blend of ancient and modern behind those imposing stone walls.
Whether viewed from the land or the sea, Bodrum's famous castle is an impressive example of medieval architecture. Occupying some thirty thousand square feet at its base, construction of the castle took years to complete. In its days, the castle was a monumental symbol of the unity of Christian Europe against the ascending power of the Ottomans.

The castle is in excellent condition, it now houses a remarkable museum (with exhibits on underwater archaeology). The walls of the castle are studded with some 249 coats of arms. A lot of the stones used in the construction come from the tomb of king Mausolus (�353 BC). One of the Seven Wonders of the world, its massive construction survived for centuries until an earthquake brought it down in medieval times. The knights used the ruins as a quarry. While reinforcing the castle in 1522, they even discovered the funerary chamber of the king, whose treasures were quickly looted. Almost nothing remains on the site of the Mausoleum, but the frieze which decorated the castle was taken to London in the 1830s, and smaller architectural elements still remain, their white marble readily visible.

In the 15th century, the Knights of St John invaded the region (whose headquarters were on Rhodes) and began constructing the castle we see today.

Building materials were not hard to come by; just across the bay from the castle was the collapsed ruin oft he once magnificent Mausoleum, one ofthe Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. By the 13th century this edifice had long been toppled by earthquakes, and the Knights were quick to recognise the usefulness of so much ready masonary. Many of these greenish blocks can easily be recognised in the castle walls today.
One of the knights named La Touret describes the plundering of the tomb in his memoires, saying:
"First we found the stairs leading down to the burial chamber below the ground and we were breathless at the spectacular sight in front of our eyes. The second minute we started looting the place, but we didnt have much time, because they commanded us back to the castle. The next day when we came back to the same site, precious gold jewelry and pieces of fine cloth were scattered around the place ...."
The burial chamber still seen today , was most probably robbed much earlier than the theft by the Knights of Rhodes.

Groups of English, French, and German knights undertook the work and its financing. Today, the towers of the castle are named after the countries that paid for their construction: English Tower, German Tower, and so on. In addition to these, there is another tower, 'Liman' or 'Harbor' Tower, that now serves as the main entrance to the castle. As originally constructed, this tower stood in the sea which has since been filled in. Another gate, called the 'Northern Moat Entrance', opens into the main plaza of Bodrum and originally was the castle's landward entrance. The land on which the castle stands was, at one time an island known as Zefirya, after Zephyros, the god of the west wind. The castle is thought to occupy the sites of what were the palace of King Mausolos and of a temple dedicated to Apollo, the principle deity worshipped by the Halicarnassans. Remains of the palace defensive walls are thought to still exist. The island was joined to the mainland in Hellenistic times, when Halikarnassos was part of the kingdom of Pergamon.

Examining the defense system of the castle, the first thing one notices is that the walls on the landward side are much stronger than those on the seaward side. This was because the chief threat to the castle, the Ottomans, would have come from that direction. In those days, threats from the sea would have been less of a worry because the Knights of Rhodes kept the Aegean under their strict control.
Sir Thomas Docwra
Leader of the English Langue
In its heyday, the castle was probably manned by fifty knights and perhaps three times that many ordinary soldiers. The knights hailed from seven different European countries and shared in the defense of the castle and its countryside. The castle's defenses were never put to the test, for the Ottomans never attacked it. Instead in 1522, they besieged the island of Rhodes led by their sultan, Süleyman the Magnificent. After holding out for three months, terms were agreed to, under which the Knights had to evacuate Rhodes and five other of their strongholds in the eastern Mediterranean. Petronium was one of them. In January of the following year, the Knights set sail, eventually ending up on Malta in 1530.

The subsequent military history of the castle is rather insignificant. In 1770 the Russian fleet bombarded it briefly. During the first world war, the French did the same but with somewhat more success: they managed to demolish one side of the English Tower.
Bodrum was occupied by the Italians during the same war and while here, they used the castle as a base, and rebuilt the Italian Tower in the form we see today. In the decades following the establishment of the Turkish Republic (1923), thecastle suffered from neglect and decay. A few dwellings were built inside and the mosque and bath were used but in the main, people seem to have avoided it.

In the 60s, a decision was made to turn the castle into an archaeological museum. In the years since then, it has been undergoing restoration. Today, it is one of the world's most distinguished museums specializing in underwater archaeology though it also has a fine collection of other antiquities as well.
More of the museum here

The Castle
The Castle of the Hospitaller Knights occupies the tip of the wedge-like peninsula at the center of Bodrum. It is a splendid incarnation of medieval western military architecture, built at a time when the European Middle Ages were quite over and castles of this type were fast becoming objects of nostalgia. Its massive conglomeration of courtyards, turrets, crenellated walls, galleries and sunken gardens is best explored in the stillness of noon..
Amateurs of heraldry may recognize the Plantagenet, d'Aubusson, Loredan and other prominent coats-of arms on the ramparts. Much to the delight of the tourist guides, each of the five turrets are called by the nationality of their original sponsors: the English, French, German, Italian and Spanish Towers. Parts of the walls are built of large slabs of greenish granite which the knights removed from the ruins of the Mausoleum. Other classical fragments are gathered for display in the inner courts. Peacocks strut among marble statues and mollusk-encrusted amphorae.
As interesting as the castle itself are the collections of the Museum of Underwater Archeology housed within the premises. The museum, the most important of its kind in the world, is the brainchild of Professor George Bass, and his Institute of Nautical Archaeology, and contains treasures from a series of historic wrecks discovered on Turkey's southern shores. Mycenaean and Canaanite artifacts recovered from a l2th century B.C. wreck found off Cape Gelidonya (Antalya) in 1960 formed the original core of the museum. On display in the castle's Gothic Chapel is a full scale reconstruction of one third of an Eastern Roman wreck from the 7th century A.D. excavated by Dr. Bass. Finds from the world's oldest known shipwreck, a 14th century B.C. vessel recently excavated off Uluburun (Kas), will soon join the collection. The Italian Tower houses coins and jewelry from all periods. Most impressive of all is the Glass Hall containing a spectacular cargo of medieval glassware from an 11th century Islamic wreck.

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Hi Mustafa,
Nice postcard of the Bodrum Castle, a sharp and detailed photo. The style of the frame and titles are nice here. Good note, too. TFS.

A beautiful place, Mustafa,
I would like to be there right now - looks so warm and sunny - we had snow and cold weather today here in Germany.
So thanks for your warming shot, selamlar
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Merhaba Mustafa Amca
Bodrum Kalesini harika bir açıdan görüntülemişsiniz
İyi günler

Olá my friend Mustafa,
One new perfect shot. Very good clearness and focus.
Awesome framing and interesting note.

Great shot, Excellent sharpness, and composition. Good job.
Best wishes,

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  • MYLZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 74 W: 7 N: 42] (622)
  • [2009-01-06 9:47]

This is like a postcard..
Hope i can go there..
So warm and relax shot..
I love it..
Great shot...


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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-01-06 9:53]


Quelle vue sur cette baie avec le superbe château, ce fond d'herbe ave la terre légčrement rouge, maagnigique compo.

Bravo et amitié

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1472 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2009-01-06 11:01]

Merhaba Mustafa!
Beautiful presentation...curious picture!

Merhaba Mustafa Kardeş,
Bodrum sahillerinin yaz meltemlerini hatırlatan
anılardaki kareler...Muhteşem gözalıcı bir panaroma.
Kış mevsiminde içimizi ısttın. Allah razı olsun.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

Selam Mustafa Bey,
Klasik Bodrum Kalesi güzelliği ve arka planda tipik eşsiz Bodrum beyazı evler...
Bodrum Mavisi eşliğinde güzel bir sunum olmuş. Teşekkürler
Selahattin E

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  • maecy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 252] (1653)
  • [2009-01-06 13:08]

Hi Mustafa!

Great view...nice frame... great colors, onderful composition!



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  • lele Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 796 W: 48 N: 1708] (11179)
  • [2009-01-06 13:25]

ciao mustafa..grande composizione
ottimo soggetto
bellissima composizione
grande lavoro
bvellissimo pov
ottima profondita d azione

Lovely blue water looks so inviting when the world around you consists of ice and snow. It looks a fairly large town. It would be nice to visit one day. TFS
Warm regards

Merhaba my dear brother Mustafa,

Excellent shot of this old and interesting castle!
The colors are beautiful and the frame, perfect!

Merhaba brother Mustapha. Looking at this blue water and the scene fill me with delight. Nice saturation of colors, composition and sharpness. Someday God willing I will go to Turkey to see the place for myself. Bravo.Selamlar.

Merhaba Seyfettin Bey, eşlik eden müthiş notlar ile Bodrum ve Bodrum kalemizin harika bir manzarası.
Elinize ve emeğinize sağlık.

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2009-01-06 21:39]

Hi Mustafa...

Excellent captures – Beautiful composition, light and atmosphere...
Nice colors, postcard too, thanks for posting it.

Merhaba Mustafa bey,
Mükemmel bir Bodrum panoraması.Tebrik kartı güzelliğinde..Eline sağlık.


Merhaba Mustafa,

the blue colour is very superb captured here and so are the castle.. what a view.. excellent work again.. but im attracted by the small white buildings too.. attractive in one colour that is white.. good work again.. tfs..

regards, terry

HI Mustafa

THis is a beautiful photo. Very impressive. Great POV used to capture this aspect of the castle. Awesome colours and framing.

YOur note has to be the longest I have seen on TL. Bravo!

I congratulate you on your superb PP work and TL note. Well done!


Hi Mustafa,
A fine composition, but a bit more sharpness would have improved it. Anyway it's a nice postcard.

Hi Mustafa
fantastic composition. the photo is well divided.
beautiful colors.
the note is very educational, though a little too long.

Merhaba Mustafa, great view of a splendid castle on a wonderful sea, very well done, ciao Silvio

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