Rock Tombs in Gündoğan and Göltürkbükü
You may notice that Bodrum offers a different, but pleasant, atmosphere in its every other bay, in its every other village.
The curious cats, the history lovers, must not miss the impressive rock tombs in Gündoğan and in Türkbükü.
Kingdom of Leleg, which established the first settlement in Bodrum around Gündoğan, have built many rock tombs in the area.
Another historical site is Göltürkbükü, villages of Gölköy and Türkbükü together, where on every hill you may seek a historical wisdom.
The best preserved part of Bodrum City Walls is known as the Myndos Gate.
It was built by King Mousolos between 354-377 B.C. together with the City Walls now with almost no trace.
Surrounding the gate, are some vaulted tombs dating back to Hellenistic and Roman periods.
The reason this gate was named as Myndos Gate is that it leads towards the ancient town of Myndos (Gümüşlük) located at the edge of the peninsula.
As a passage between the past and future, the Myndos Gate has become famous when Alexander the Great referred to this gate in one of his talks during his Asia Expedition.
Alexander’s Army fought against the Karians and Persians who were defending the town.
His army eventually invaded the town, and he left behind Princess Ada with 2500 of his soldiers to rule the town for his kingdom and moved on to his Asian Campaign.
Myndos Ancient City – The King Road
The King Road is a transition path that connects the area with Tavşan (Rabbit) Island where arckheological evcavations continue.
The island was named as Rabbit Island, because some species of rabbits used to live on it.
There are ancient tombs and monuments situated on the island, and the area is one of the most appealing open air museums in the region.
While cruising in Bodrum, you may notice the weird looking spherical buildings made of stone, almost in every corner.
You are witnessing the history !
Especially on the road to Bodrum, driving from the tiny little beach town of Yalı, you will see the highest concentration of cisterns.
These were used for water collection, preservation and distribution during the ancient times.
On the entrance doors of some cisterns, you may notice labels indicating when and by whom the cistern was constructed, although they are barely visible.