History


The history of Menteşe is located within the boundaries of Caria dating back to 3000 BC.

Its location is so important and so precious that many communities have fought each other to become the sovereign of this land. Dorians, Persians, Alexander the Great and his successors, the State of Rhodes, the Kingdom of Pergamon, the Roman Empire and the Byzantine Empire have controlled over Menteşe and its territory throughout the history. The domination of the lands of Menteşe province of the Turks was reinstated after the13th century.

The regions from the early periods were settled down by the Carians. The knowledge of the community of Leleges which still preserved its own mystery is settled around Bodrum and is known thanks to the ancient writers of the works of art and archaeological findings. The region was named Caria because of the Carians who are indigenous and its name continued until the Byzantine period.

Menteşe province remains within the boundaries of the region known as Caria in ancient times. It was named “Mobolla", "Maes" and “Mogla" in 3rd century BC and can be determined according to written sources. In the same way, the name of the city was mentioned in Salname Aydın Province in 1889 as "Mobella".

The remains of the ancient Mobolla settlement are on the height known as Asar Mountain or Masa Mountain where Menteşe province leans. The 1 km path taking you to the castle walls of Ancient Mobolla has been reconstructed by Prof. Dr. Adnan Diler  Muğla University Archaeology Department Chairman and the Chief Advisor Prof. Dr. Adnan Diler within the scope of the project prepared by the municipality of Menteşe.

To provide visitors with easy access with wooden steps-ladders being made and to present it for those who like history and archaeology. A settlement of Mobolla’s early history cannot be obtained in detailed information. It is known that it was ruled by Rhodes's domination the 2nd century BC. According to the inscriptions; at the same time of the Hellenistic age, Mobolla was a member of the unity of Tarmianoi (the unity of Tabaa (Denizli, Tavas) and the locations of the other cities which are not known at present). After Menteşe was taken over by Turks in 1261 with Anatolian Beylik of Mentese, it was ruled by the period of Sultan Bayezid, the sovereignty of the Ottoman Empire.


Mugla Museum

Mugla Museum was used as a criminal's house, later it was restored into a musem.

Mugla Museum

Mobolla Castle

It was built to defend the east-south-west directions of Menteşe.

Mobolla Castle

Half KHan

There were many KHans which provided accommodation and food facilities in Menteşe.

Half KHan

Yagcılar Khan

Yagcılar KHan was one of the three KHans which served for a trade centre during the Ottoman period.

Yagcılar Khan

Konakaltı KHan

Konakaltı Khan belongs to the 19th century, its architecture is predominantly wooden Baghdadi structure.

Konakaltı KHan

Vakıflar Baths

It is a kind of historical traditional Turkish Bath. When you come to have a bath experience, you can go to a dressing room first.

Vakıflar Baths

Uzbeks House

It is located in the city of Menteşe and has aı old traditional structure. The House of Uzbeks are known as the Pilgrim Hamzalar and the house of Ali Rıza Ozbek.

Uzbeks House

The Clock Tower

It is known that the architect of the clock tower is Filvari. Ashlar and brick were used during the construction of the tower.

The Clock Tower

Kurshunlu Mosque

It is a mosque one should definitely see during a visit to the city centre of Menteşe.

Kurshunlu Mosque

Pazaryeri Mosque

On the tablet which is at the entrance door of the mosque, “Sahib’ül Hayrat Vel Hasenad Muammiri Batıkzade Hacı Ahmet Ağa” is written.

Pazaryeri Mosque

Shahidi Mosque

The name of the mosque has derived from “Mevlevi Sheyhi Shahidi” and his grave is found in the burial area of the mosque.

Shahidi Mosque