The amphitheatre in modern-day Bodrum is one of the major architectural achievements of the ancient Greek city of Halicarnassus. It dates back to King Mausolos’ reign in the 4th century B.C. The arena had a capacity of roughly 13,000 spectators during its peak and was mostly used for gladiator contests and theatrical productions.
The stage, orchestra, and audience are the three main areas of the amphitheatre. As you stand on the stage, imagine a time when gladiators would battle until one of their opponents was brutally killed. Examine the inscriptions on the stone seats, which are supposed to be the names of those who contributed to the arena’s building.
Climb the steps to the top of the audience area for spectacular views and photo possibilities. Major sights to see are Bodrum Castle and the adjacent Kara Ada Island. On a clear day, the Greek island of Kos can be seen. Listen to the voices below from the top of the audience area and marvel at the amphitheater’s acoustics.
The amphitheatre hosts a series of concerts by local and international musicians during the summer months. One of Turkey’s most recognised pop singers, Sezen Aksu, is a regular performer. As the sun sets over the Aegean Sea, concerts are held in the evening. Inquire about a programme of events at your hotel.
The Bodrum Amphitheatre is located above Bodrum’s town centre and is close to the town’s major attractions. A 30-minute stroll will take you to the Museum of Underwater Archaeology. If you don’t want to walk, take one of the many inexpensive dolmus, or fixed-route local buses.
The amphitheatre is free to visit and open every day.
For more information about Bodrum visit https://visit-turkey.org/information/aegean-region/mugla/bodrum/
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Also visit the Bodrum Museum Of Underwater Archaeology