"When is Bodrum Castle going to open again?"
A frequently asked question to which I certainly can't give an answer and no one else seems to be able to hazard a guess either. Renovation work is in progress. Our familiar castle view is blighted with scaffolding and cranes. A two day symposium in December, attended by archaeologists, architects and interested locals, came to the conclusion that the intended new-build museum inside the castle walls would be too small for the number of exhibits and its construction would blight further excavation and research into the buildings which preceded the castle by 2,000 years or more. The overwhelming local opinion is that a new site should be found for the museum building while leaving the existing ancient wreck exhibits un-touched and that any repairs that need to be done should be completed as soon as possible so that the castle can open to the public.
Will the closure affect visitor numbers to Bodrum? I assume yes, but I forget that not everyone is as interested in history as I am. Over supper with visitor friends in October, I commiserated with them that they wouldn't be able to see inside the castle. Their reply, "Don't worry, we probably wouldn't have gone anyway" left me momentarily speechless, but castles and museums aren't everyone's cup of tea and the sun will still be shining, the food will still be great and Bodrum will still draw its fans - open castle or not.
The above photo is taken with a long exposure app on my phone - It is not a representation of what the castle looked like last year and hopefully is not a prophecy of what it will look like next year.