THE UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY MUSEUM
Today, this museum is one of the biggest and most important of its kind. The particular design of its exhibition spaces and its gardens (with birds and plants that have been part of the castle’s environment since ancient times), all contribute to a sense of history as you stroll around.
In the chapel in the inner castle is a life-size reproduction of a Byzantine shipwreck from the 7th century.
Continuing up the ramp next to the chapel takes you into the Glass Exhibition. Here, glass objects dating from 1400 BC to 1100 AD, found underwater or excavated, are on display. The presentation is distinctive and interesting and includes a model showing how underwater excavations are carried out.
In the stone building opposite, is the Glass Wreck from Serçe Harbour. This 11th century ship was 16 metres long, 5 metres wide and had a freight capacity of 35 tons.
Around that hall are some ancient walls believed to date from King Mausolus’ time. Turning right after you leave the exhibition hall takes you to a water cistern from the Mausolus period, and in front of it, a mosaic dating from the 5th century BC.
Opening Hours 08:30 - 18:00
Closed on Mondays.
Tel: +90 252 316 1219