Last week we went to visit Bodrum’s castle and underwater archaeology museum. A gentle uphill walk, past this beautiful gravestone, mounted on the wall, takes you up to the main body of the castle.
The crusader’s chapel houses a lifesize replica of a 7th century Greek trading vessel.
In the courtyard a number of artists had set up stalls and we selling their artwork. On this stall reproductions of the famous red on black/black on red Greek pottery were being sold. According to the information provided on the stall the artists are amongst the limited number approved to produce and sell this type of pottery.
A fine example of a geometric mosaic
The prickly pear cactus flowers were just beginning to appear
The castle itself
the (originally christian) chapel in the foreground with the more recent addition of a muslim minaret
part of the stonework frieze around the top of the small ampitheatre showing various theatrical masks
In the main castle building there was an exhibition of art incorporating calligraphy
A collection of amphorae showing the variety of shapes and sizes. They were used to transport mostly grain, oil and wine which were traded around the shores of the Mediterrranean sea thousands of years ago. These had been found in a number of wrecks in the area.
View of Bodrum marina from the castle walls
close-up photograph of a shrub with very dramatic flowers. Does anybody know what it is called?
another dramatic tree, again unidentified, with a very handsome jackdaw posing for its picture