History of Bodrum

Halikarnassos (old name of Bodrum) BC. According to HEREDOT, known as “Father of History”  born in 484,  it was founded by Bodrum Dorlar. Later, Caria and Leleges settled in this region. In 6000 BC, the Megeral came and expanded the city and changed its name to Halicarnassus.

Bodrum was dominated by the Persians in BC 386. The most brilliant period of Halicarnassus is in BC 353 when it was the capital of the Carian region. Mausoleum, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, was built in the memory of King Mausolos by his sister and wife Artemisia. It was captured by the Romans in 192, but did not show a significant improvement in this period.

In A.D. 395, it was captured by the Byzantines, and in XI.century it was in the hands of the Turks. It was again invaded by Byzantines in I. Crusaders and it was again in the hands of the Turks in XIV century. In 1415, it was taken over by the Knights of Rhodes, and in 1522 (during the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent) Bodrum joined to the Ottoman Empire.

The name changed to Bodrum after the declaration of the Republic of Turkey in 1923.

The distance between Dorman Suites Hotel - Bodrum Centre is only 13 minutes away by car. (5.6 km)