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Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (Tomb of Mausolus)
Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (Tomb of Mausolus)

Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (Tomb of Mausolus)

Tuesday-Sunday 8:30am-5pm
Tepecik, Bodrum/Muğla, Turkey

The basics

Today, the sparse ruins—almost completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1304—merely hint at the grandeur of the ancient site, and visiting with a guide is a good idea to add context. Learn about the importance of the mausoleum and its unique design, the masterpiece of Greek architects Satyros and Pytheos; and hear how it became the ‘mausoleum’ after which all others were named. History buffs won’t want to miss a visit to the site itself, but the best-preserved remains from the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus are housed in the British Museum in London.

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Things to know before you go

  • The Mausoleum is one of Bodrum’s must-see sites and many sightseeing tours include a visit.
  • There is an admission fee to visit the ruins; a small exhibition and video presentation offer insight into its former glory.
  • The ruins are scattered over a plot of grassy and uneven ground, making access tricky (but not impossible) for wheelchairs and strollers.
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How to get there

The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus is located just west of downtown Bodrum. It’s an easy 10-minute walk from the center or else taxis will drop you off right outside.

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When to get there

The Mausoleum is open daily, all year-round. It’s busiest in July and August, when it’s worth making an early start, both to avoid the crowds and the midday sun—there is little shade at the site.

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The Ancient City of Halicarnassus

Bodrum is built on the site of the ancient Greek city of Halicarnassus and traces of its ancient past are still dotted around the modern city. After exploring the ruins of the Mausoleum, pay a visit to the Myndos Gate, the ancient city gate that was breached by Alexander the Great in 333 BC, and climb up to the Bodrum Amphitheater, which dates back to the fourth century BC. Along the seafront, Bodrum Castle was built much later, in the early 15th century, but parts of the Mausoleum, which had then been mostly destroyed by an earthquake, were used to build the castle walls.

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