Bodrum's Castle of St. Peter and Archeological Museum

2.5 Hours
Group Activity
Strenuous
Cruise Friendly

From (USD) $184 Per Person (Based on 2)

Bodrum's Castle of St. Peter and Archeological Museum

2.5 Hours
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      Bodrum's Castle of St. Peter and Archeological Museum

      Bodrum, Turkey
      From (USD) $184 Per Person (Based on 2)
      Highlights
      • Castle of St. Peter: More than 30,000 square feet at its base, this magnificent 15th-century structure boasts massive walls and five distinctive fortifying towers.
      • Museum of Underwater Archeology: The castle halls display coins, jewelry, metalwork, and glassware going all the way back to the Bronze Age.
      • The world's oldest shipwreck: The museum's most popular exhibit, a late Roman ship and its cargo, gives rare insight into 7th-century Mediterranean seafaring life. 
      About this Bodrum tour

      The "Ship Trap" is an aptly named submerged reef off the coast of the Bodrum peninsula. Since the Bronze Age, it has snared unsuspecting ships of all types and nationalities, leaving the bottom of the sea strewn with valuable artifacts and relics. Retrieved from the wrecks, these treasures are now compelling displays in 14 exhibition departments within the castle. It's perhaps the most important museum of its kind in the world. And absolutely fascinating. 

      In about 626 A.D., the reef trapped a small vessel carrying nearly a thousand amphorae, the two-handled jugs traditionally used for eons to transport wine, olive oil, grain, and other goods. The ship settled to the bottom on the sea, where it lay for more than 13 centuries. Its discovery in 1982 was one of archeology's richest finds, and today it brings alive the maritime world at the beginning of the Byzantine Empire.

      It took ten years to retrieve the ship. The details of the carefully reconstructed vessel are astonishing. You'll understand the Greco-Roman building technique of using iron spikes to fasten planking to the frames. You'll see the ship's galley, where the cook prepared sailors' meals on an iron grill. You can't help but wonder what was cooking on the day the ship met the Trap.

      Perhaps most impressive is the cargo of treasures: precious gems, ivory, gold jewelry, and scarabs, including one once owned by Egypt's Queen Nefertiti. Sailors carried these scarabs for good luck – and perhaps they worked. The ship sank close enough to land that all aboard possibly swam to safety on shore.

       Recycling day, 11th century A.D.

      The museum's Glass Wreck Hall displays piles of broken glass recovered from an 11th-century shipwreck. Usually, archaeologists can reassemble glass artifacts from pieces found in the general vicinity, they couldn't with this wreck – the ship was apparently transporting the fragments to a recycling factory. To date, no ship carrying egg cartons, plastic jugs and newspapers has been found.

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      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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