Of Fishermen and Artists
Bodrum was built on the ruins of the ancient city of Halicarnassus. Archaeological finds speak of a 5,000 year old history at this site. In the early modern era, Bodrum was a remote fishing village on the Aegean Sea, and it is only in recent decades that the town has gained prestige again. Cevat Şakir, the Istanbul poet and painter who was exiled to Bodrum and later gave himself the pseudonym “Fisherman of Halicarnassus,” gathered other artists and turned the place into a bohemian colony. Yet the ancient treasures are what give Bodrum its unique character.
Culture with a View
It is easy to see that theatres had an important role in Bodrum: The city itself reminds us of an amphitheatre and is situated at the foot of the Taurus Mountains. The Theatre of Halicarnassus is also impressive in its size: Up to 13,000 spectators once enjoyed the show here. Through 1990, it underwent restoration work by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism so that today it can once again host events and concerts, including the Bodrum International Ballet Festival. Immerse yourself in the past on one of the stone seats overlooking the sea, albeit to more modern sounds.
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