Halicarnassus (modern Bodrum, Turkey) was an ancient Ionian Greek city of Caria, located on the Gulf of Cerameicus in Anatolia. According to tradition it was founded by Dorian Greeks of the Peloponnese.
The city, with its large sheltered harbor and key position on the sea routes, became the capital of the small kingdom, the most famous ruler of which was King Mausolus. His wife Artemisia built the great Tomb of Mausolus after his death, the so-called Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. And now after more than 2,300-years, there are plans in motion to restitute the antediluvian structure, which is counted among one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. The architects are also looking forth to open the passage all the way from the Bodrum harbor to the historical site.
The ambitious project of ‘restitution’ will be kick-started by the collaborative effort of Mediterranean Countries Academy Foundation and renowned Danish archaeologist Professor Poul Pedersen and his assistant Professor John Lund, both having decades of experience at the University of Southern Denmark. And while the primary objective of this endeavor would focus on the main tomb of Mausolus, the project will also entail a bevy of other restorative works. The refurbishment scope will include the restoration of a Jewish cemetery along with a church, complemented by archaeological excavations of the ancient city walls of Bodrum and the 3,500-year old hippodrome.
Unfortunately enough, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus was the last of the six destroyed wonders which met its ravaged fate brought on by successive earthquakes from 12th to 15th centuries.
3D reconstruction of the Ancient Wonder