Museum of Underwater Archaeology /Castle of St. Peter
The Castle of St. Peter in Bodrum is a large dominating waterfront castle built in the 1400’s by the Knights of Rhodes (Hospitaller of Rhodes). It. has a stunning viewpoint at the tip of a peninsula with panoramic views of aqua marine waters and mountains and it’s reputation definitely makes it a ”must see”.
FYI: The castle actually gave Bodrum its modern name: it was known as Petronium ("Peter's"), which became Bodrum (cellar, dungeon) in Turkish.
Renovations of the castle and surrounding waters started in the 1960’s and the treasures found from this renovation were amassed and the Museum of Underwater Archaeology was created in l986. In l995 the museum earned international recognition ad a "Certificate of Special Commendation" as one of the 12 finalists of the European Museum of the Year Award from the other 45 museums represented.
For one entrance fee you can see the castle and the excellent Museum of Underwater Archaeology established in 1962 housed in the Castle.
It is arguably the most important museum of its type in the world, a veritable lesson in how to bring ancient exhibits to life. Items are creatively displayed and well lit, and information panels, reconstructions and multimedia displays to complement the antiquities, maps, models, drawings, murals, and videos, reconstructions and multimedia displays to complement the antiquities. Budget about two hours to do it justice.
It's undoubtedly one of the best museums in Turkey, not to mention the Mediterranean. Located in the museum is the Caria Princess Hall and the Glass Wreck plus extraordinary Bronze Age shipwrecks, including the world's oldest excavated wreck, the14th-century BC Uluburun. Full-size replicas of the interior and the wreck site exist. The nearby Treasure Room displays Canaanite gold jewellery, bronze daggers, ivory cosmetic boxes, wooden writing boards and Egyptian Queen Nefertiti's golden scarab.