Beutiful place with important historical sites and monuments
Emotional visit for most Aussies
A very sad place.
This is not a 'Things to do' but more of an explanation of a thing that you see. The following information was sent to me by VT member 'Sirvictor' to contribute to my Gallipoli page. I thought it deserved a page of its own.If you enter the Strait of Dardanelles from Aegean Sea you will see on the right the Hills of Canakkale and on the left the...more
Between the 7thto 19th August 1915 the battle of Chunuk Bair was waged between the New Zealand / British forces and the Turks. The Allies succeeded (it was the frist battle win for the Allied troops) but the Ottomans reclaimed the territory after a few days.It was during this battle that Mustafa Kemal Attaturk was shot in the chest. His life was...more
GallipoliMustafa Kemal issued this order, "I do not expect you to attack, I order you to die! In the time which passes until we die, other troops and commanders can take your place!". The 57th Infantry Regiment Ottaman Empire was completely wiped outThe Memorial Park is Turkish symbolic cemetery, with plaques bearing names of soldiers of 57th...more
The Battle of Lone Pine, known in Turkish as the Battle of Kanlý Sýrt, was a battle between Australian and Turkish forces that took place during the Gallipoli campaign from 6–10 August 1915. The battle flield was named for a single Turkish pine tree that grew there prior to the war.The site is now occupied by the Lone Pine cemetery and the Lone...more
Anzac Cove is a small cove on the Gallipoli peninsula that became famous as the site of World War I landing of the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) on April 25, 1915. This small cove of only 600 metres long was to become the main base for the ANZACs for the eight month duration of the Gallipoli campaign.The base was about a kilometre...more
I visited Gallipoli with a tour by "TJ's Tours" I was staying at Canakkale, so had to catch the ferry across to Eceabat to where their office was. I paid for the Ferry, then they reimbursed me the money. Their office is right on the square where you arrive. Our Tour guide was a very knowledgable young man, who filled us in on the History and...more
This really is a good place to start at before visiting the memorials and cemeteries. It's located about 1km east of the small fishing village of Kabatepe which is about 4km south of Anzac Cove where the Allied forces landed on 25th April 1915. Kapatepe was probably meant to be the actual landing point but currents swept the Allied forces...more
This cemetery overlooks the headland where the lighthouse stands and features a tall modern bell tower. It mostly commemorates the Crimean War (1853-56) but also includes an ossuary that contains the bones of 11 Senegalese soldiers who died in the Gallipoli campaign and were buried here between 1919 and 1923.more
Known as the Flag Father Tomb, it is located near the lighthouse and contains the remains of Karaca Bey, who was an Ottoman standard (flag) bearer. In 1410, reluctant to let the enemy capture his flag, he cut it into pieces and swallowed them. That sounds bad enough, but then when his friends doubted what he said, Karaca Bey sliced open his own...more
This small museum is housed in a Greek stone tower that is all that remains of the Greek settlement of Callipolis, which gave the present town and peninsula their name. The museum is named after and dedicated to one of the Islamic world's greatest cartographers and admirals, Piri Reis (around 1465-1554). There are rumours that he was the first...more
This is the most picturesque sight in Gelibolu (Gallipoli town). The harbour is located next to the ferry terminal and features two sections - the smaller of the two, I think, used to be the original Greek harbour. This is where you'll find the wonderful looking Greek stone tower that houses a small museum on the admiral and cartographer Piri Reis....more
Gelibolu (Gallipoli town) is located about 40km north of Eceabat on the eastern side of the Gallipoli peninsula and I've included it and its attractions here on VT's Gallipoli page as it doesn't have its own destination page. I stopped by the town on my way between Edirne near the Bulgarian border and my overnight stop at Eceabat before exploring...more
On the road south of Kilitbahir Fortress are a number of old earthen gun ramparts and concrete ammunition bunkers that form the impressive Namazgah Redoubt. They were built in the 1890s and formed, in 1915, part of the defence system of forts, ramparts and mines set up to prevent foreign naval passage of the straits. The great heavy cannon which...more
Directly across the Narrows of the Dardanelles lies the magnificent fortress of Kilitbahir, meaning the "Lock of the Sea". Like Cimenlik Castle at Canakkale, Kilitbahir was built by Sultan Mehmet II, the Conqueror, in 1452. The two fortresses guarded the Narrows from any fleet coming from Europe to assist Constantinople (Istanbul) then under siege...more
Eceabat is a small town of around 5,000 people that sits on the eastern shore of the Gallipoli peninsula and can be reached from Canakkale by ferry. It's the nearest town to exploring the Gallipoli battlefields, memorials and cemeteries and is probably where you'll pass through on your way to them from Canakkale. Me, I stayed here one night after...more
This wonderful looking memorial and cemetery is located overlooking Morto Bay - known as 'S' Beach during the Gallipoli campaign. The French successfully attacked Canakkale on the Asian side in March 1915 before supporting the British at Cape Helles where they were virtually wiped out. The cemetery graves are simple with metal crosses plus there...more
If you're arriving on the Gallipoli peninsula from Canakkale, then you have two ferry options: one that arrives at the small town of Eceabat and other that arrives at Kilitbahir where the old fortress is located. There's also a third ferry that runs between Gelibolu (Gallipoli town) and Lapseki. The Canakkale-Eceabat ferry runs every hour on the...more
The best way to get around all the memorials, museums and cemeteries is by car. I had my own car hire which I hired in Istanbul and I came to the Gallipoli peninsula from Edirne near the Bulgarian border. I stopped off at Gelibolu (Gallipoli town), about 40km north of Eceabat, before spending the night in Eceabat and then exploring the peninsula...more
If you are not on a tour, it is useful to have your own car here. Even for just seeing the WWI sites, one will need to cover a lot of ground, making walking effectively impossible. There are good roads connecting all the sites and the area to the towns of Eceabat, Gelibolu, and others, with car ferries connecting to Canakkale across the straight...more
Most Australians and New Zealanders like to taked a little time to think things over when they get to Anzac Cove.
We were fortunate that we went in the middle of January. Other than Mari and I there was only 3 other young pilgrims. An amazing experience and one that everyone that is able should take.
You will probably get this is any guide book but believe me - it's true and essential to take note.
DON'T buy any water bottles from vendors if the cap seal is broken.
Unfortunately I was desperate for water and brought a bottle. I didn't bother to check it and about ten minutes later realised my mistake. The water tasted fine, but a day later I had the worst Turkey belly you could imagine!! Not nice.
Still it was hot, the water (at the time) was refreshing and I wouldn't have been anywhere else at the moment for a million dollars!
Before going to Gallipoli sights take my advance and watch one of greatest movies ever: GALLIPOLI.It's a fantastic movie, and you will be able to learn so much about the things that happend here in WWI. Gallipoli a Mel Gibson movie, Director: Peter Weir, 1981, Received 2 Australian Film Institute Awards: Best Picture, and Best Actor (Mel Gibson)....more
And you will have marvelous views on Dardanelli. Quote: "The Dardanelles is a 61km (28 mile) strait between Europe and Asiatic Turkey. The maximum width is 7km and in the area known as the Narrows, the distance is no more than 1,600 metres. The Dardanelles Straits are overlooked by high cliffs on the Gallipoli Peninsula"more