History All Around

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Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay
History All Around

The picture perfect city of Bodrum is a place to while away an afternoon, wandering through cobbled streets past white washed houses and colourful flower displays.

For those interested in discovering more about Turkeys passionate history, the hotel is a stone’s throw from many areas of interest, including the imposing medieval castle built by the Knights of Rhodes and two of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Mausoleum and Temple of Artemis in Ephesus and within easy reach of many beautiful Aegean villages that offer an insight into a bygone past.

Bodrum Castle

The most prominent and impressive feature of Bodrum is the castle of St. Peter, of which dates back to the knights of St. John. Although belonging to the Catholic religion, care was denied to no-one. When the knights arrived, they instructed their builders to remove all usable materials from the tomb of King Mausolos as the castle construction began in the 1400's.

*Bodrum Castle will be closed as of 01.01.18 for two years due to renovation and construction.


The Mausoleum is Bodrums oldest antiquity and was built by Artemisia II in honour of her husband King Mausolos. Being one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the entire structure stood at over 50 m (164 ft) in height. The first reliefs from the Mausoleum reached the British Museum in London in 1846, these included frescos and other objects.

Antique Theatre

The visitor will find the theater a comfortable place to sit and contemplate Bodrum, while watching boats leave and enter the harbor. Interesting features of the theater include a stone altar once used before plays for sacrifices to Dionyus, and several holes cut through some of the seats, probably used for shade from the sun. The theater can seat 13.000 people.


With the famous Celsius Library and the Amphitheatre, Ephesus is South-western Turkey’s most popular ancient site, located 220 km (136.7 mi) north of Bodrum near the village of Selçuk. With many acres of carefully excavated ruins, it presents an unparalleled re-creation of ancient splendour. This once-thriving metropolis had as many as 250,000 inhabitants and requires a full day to appreciate.


Denizli’s natural thermal water source is a must-see unique treasure that Turkey offers. Although Denizli is not by the coast, Denizli means "a locality by the sea", referring to its abundance of underground water sources. Denizli is a rapidly growing industrial (especially textile) and touristic town with a variety of beauty. Being a fertile region, the city has always been a cradle of civilisations succeeding one another. Luvians, Phrygians, Persians, Greeks and Romans are counted among the early civilisations; the later ones include the Byzantines, Seljuk Turks and the Ottomans.


Didyma, on the west coast of Turkey, was an important sacred site in the ancient Greek world. Its famous oracle and Temple of Apollo attracted crowds of pilgrims. Today, the temple's magnificent ruins still attract thousands of visitors. Didyma is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Turkey.


Miletus, near the coast of western Turkey, was one of the most important cities in the ancient Greek world, but eventually declined due to the silting up of its harbours. St Paul stopped at Miletus on his third missionary journey on his way back to Jerusalem. There are many well-preserved ruins to be seen at the site, including the Temple of Apollo, a Byzantine church and an important inscription relating to Jews.


Priene is an ancient Hellenistic city located just to the north of Miletus in Western Turkey. It was an ancient Greek holy city and the home of an important temple of Athena. Priene's picturesque ruins include several columns of the Temple of Athena, much of the city wall, a well-preserved theatre and a council chamber. The ruins are next to the modern town of Güllübahce.

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