Located on the hills next to the scenic Marmaris Marina full of little boats and yachts, the Marmaris Castle is one of the main attractions of the town of Marmaris. Believed to have been built by the Ionians back in 1044 BC (and later repaired by Alexander the Great), the castle really owes its fame to Suleyman the Magnificent, who had the place rebuilt and enlarged in 1522 and used it as a military base for his troops during his many campaigns. Long after, during the 1st World War, the castle suffered extensive damages from French cannons fired at the castle.
Later yet, till the decade of the 1970s, the castle (after having been partially restored and repurposed) used to serve as an accommodation area for visiting tourists. However, a full-fledged restoration project was taken up in the 1980s and the castle was turned into a museum after the completion of the job in 1991.
Today, two of the castle's seven indoor areas serve as an archaeology lounge while another is arranged as an ethnography lounge. The rest of the area is used as storage and as art galleries.Places nearby:
Bodrum Castle: Medieval and Ottoman Might 77 km / 48 mi
Castle Bodrum, Turkey: The historic castle turned into Underwater Archaeology Museum 78 km / 48 mi
Temple of Apollo: Ruins Dedicated to the God of the Sun 108 km / 67 mi
Ephesus Museum: A Glimpse of an Ancient City 146 km / 90 mi
Ephesus: Well-Preserved Ancient City in Selcuk, Turkey 146 km / 91 mi