Canakkale Province includes the Gallipoli Peninsula (Yarimadasi), primarily famous as the site of the WWI Gallipoli Campaign. An important cultural site for Turks, Australians, and New Zealanders in particular, although British and French fought here as well, the peninsula is home to the national Historic Peace Park, which includes a museum and visitors' centre, plus numerous monuments and cemeteries for all those who fought there, including national ones for each group plus sites for specific battles, with various statutes and other monuments. I have provided reviews under Gallipoli specifically but figure that I should add a tip here, too, since the sites are all in this province.
See my tips under Gallipoli.
This Nusrat Mine Layer (Built in Germany & deployed to Turkey in 1914) was one of the most important in the Gallipoli campaign. In March, 1915, British and French Battleships were badly damaged through meeting with Mines deployed by the Nusrat, and as well, British Battleships, "Irresistible" & "Ocean" and French Battleship "Bouvet" were sunk. A replica is now on display in the Cemelik Castle grounds as well as mines and other items used during the war years.
The website tells you the history on this Battleship.
Walking this small town doesn't take long, as the sights and shops are in a pretty compact area. Along the Promenade, not far from the Ferry terminal, near the Trojan Horse, I came across the Horse & Buggy. (photo) Obviously it was to take tourists around, didn't ask the price. A must see, is the Trojan Horse. Its very popular, and its hard to get a photo of it without people! Heading in the opposite direction is the Clock Tower, built in 1897 by an Italian. It is built out of local Ayvalik stone. The Fountain beneath, was built in 1889 by a wealthy Jewish resident of the town. The two streets here lead to the shopping area, and surprisingly, there are quite a few here. You will see vendors with their wheelbarrows full of
fruit in the streets. A couple of Mosques are in this area, as well as Cimenlik Fortress, Naval & Military Museum. Don't forget to stop for a rest on one of the seats overlooking the sea and the little fishing boats. Pretty!
This Bazaar was built in 1889, and is a copy of the Egyptian Bazaar in Istanbul. It is believed that it was destroyed by shells deployed from the British Battleship, "Queen Elizabeth" which were fired at the defences around Canakkale. In 2007, it was restored, and is alright for a browse around the shops.
This Castle was built in 1451 by Mehmet 11 (the conqueror) This Castle and Kilitibahar Castle on the opposite site, were built to control the passage of Ships up the Dardenelles passage. It has quite a few Cannons in the grounds, and the Museum, which is about the Gallipoli campaign. The stairs to the Museum were not well lit, so I found it difficult, and didn't have a real good look around. There is a lot of War Artillery in the grounds.
Photos weren't allowed, only in the grounds.
Don't expect a massive Castle, its only small and not a lot to see.
What I did see of the museum was good, definitely worth the small fee.
The day I visited, admission was free, but there usually is a charge of around 3t/l.
The grounds are open daily from 9-5pm
Museum is closed Monday & Thursday, and for lunch between 12 - 1.30 pm
The Byzantine name for Çanakkale was Dardanellia, from which the English name Dardanelles is derived. It was formerly known as the Hellespont. It connects the Aegean Sea with the Sea of Marmara. It is one of the Turkish Straits, along with its counterpart the Bosporus.
Ferries cross here to the northern (European) side of the strait. Regularly scheduled ferry boats make the trip from Canakkale to Eceabat for a 25 minute journey across the Dardanelles.
You can watch my 2 min 23 sec HD Video Canakkale HD out of my Youtube channel with Turkish pop music by Mustafa Sandal – Gesmis Olisun,
2 min 23 sec HQ Video Canakkale Dardanelles slide show Part I out of my Youtube channel with Turkish pop music by Berksan – Alliahim,
2 min 04 sec HQ Video Canakkale slide show Part II out of my Youtube channel with Turkish pop music by Goksel – Gunun Brinde.
Learn more out of my Çanakkale VT page.
Troy as a legendary city and centre of the Trojan War attracts a lot of tourists from all over the world. It was one of the main attractions in my rout across Turkey and I was happy to see it with my own eyes.
Today it is the name of an archaeological site, the traditional location of Homeric Troy, at the Hisarlik Hill, close to the seacoast.
You can watch my 1 min 51 sec HD Video out of my Youtube channel Troy Museum HD with music by Vangelis,
3 min 47 sec HD Video Troy HD with music by Vangelis – Mythodea,
2 min 40 sec HQ Video Troy slide show part I with music by Vangelis,
2 min 35 sec HQ Video Troy slide show part II with music by Vangelis,
2 min 13 sec HQ Video Troy slide show part III with music from Troy trailer,
1 min 54 sec HQ Video Troy slide show part IV with music by Vangelis – Song of Seas.
Learn more out of my Troy VT page.
Lone Pine was of strategic importance and lies south of Anzac Cove. It has special significance for Australians. It was stormed on the 6th August and held until evacuation.Within the cemetry stands the Lone Pine memorial. The memorial records the names of all the Australian soldiers lost int eh Anzac area. The cemetry contains mainly Australian casualties.
The site was distinguished by a lone pine tree which gave the location its name. There are many stories of courage and valour linked to Lone Pine. One story tells of a soldier taking a seed from the tree back to Australia and a tree grown from the original seed now grows in the grounds of Parliament in canberra.
For more detail go to this site: LonePine
We hired Bulent Yulmaz Korkmaz through our hotel. He can also be hired through the Anzac Hotel. He was outstanding!!
He was knowledgeable friendly and flexible. He also had a number of documents of maps etc that he could refer to and show us. For example one of our party had a relative who was a veteran of Gallipoli. We knew which battalion he was in and Bulent was able to pinpoint exactly where he landed. After knowing this he modified his itinerary to fit in a stop at the location. He also had a warm sense of humour. His grandfather fought at Gallipoli so there was another connection which made hsi tour even more memorable.
Of course we saw all the major sites but with him there was some added extras.
My only criticism of the tour was that at the end (around lunch time) he dropped us off at the ferry at a backpackers and lunch was then provided. It consisted of some huge slabs of bread and some salad. It was a bit grotesque!!
Aside from this there is no way we could have explored the area with the insights he provided us.
Bulent has many recommendations including various Australian historians.We also thoroughly recommend him!
The naval museum. This includes a number of cannons but most importantly a replica of the Nasrat which was a minelayer which played a very important role in the Gallipoli campaign. The story goes that the night before the planned invasion the Nasrat laid a number of mines in the straits which then destroyed a number of battleships including the British battleships the Irresistible and Ocean and the French battleship, the Bouvet. A number of other battleships were also badly damaged. This effectively stopped other attempts of battleships entering the straits.
Entry to the museum is 3 YTL. Note that there is a lunch break when the museum is closed but if you have a ticket you can go back in. Monday –Thursday closed 12-1.30pm. There is also a camera charge 6YTL but frankly there is no need to pay.you can take photos in the grounds free of charge but not in the museums.
This was created in 1973 to “honour 500,000 soldiers who gave their lives” on the Gallipoli Peninsula during WW1. It covers 33,000 hectares and is divided into north and south parts. There are regular daily tours and mini buses which depart from Eceabat and Kilitbahir village (southern part).
Most people visit the northern part. I would suggest that you organise a tour although you can do it yourself and walk part of the way or catch the mini buses which go along the routes. There are maps (see my other tips)
The photograph is of Mehmetcik Memorial with Ataturk's famous words. This will probably be the first thing you see as you enter the park.
Gypsy district – this district is situated behind Cimenlik Park and it is recommended that you not visit especially at night. However, you might get a glimpse of one selling their wares like we did near where the ferry docks.
The Historical Clock Tower is opposite the Anzac Hotel. It was built in 1897 by an Italian and has a clock on each of the four sides of the tower. The public fountain underneath was built in 1889 by a wealthy Jewish resident and is rather a nice feature of the tower.
Cimenlik Castle now serves as a military museum and is part of the naval Museum. Entrance is via an innocuous stairway and you could be forgiven thinking that the museum was closed. It includes a variety of static displays,various exhibits and interactive plays reenacting various aspects of the Gallipoli campaign. These seem to be conducted on the hour. At the time we were there there were a number of school groups visiting.
Walk along the promenade near the entrance to the Dardanelles. Throughout history the Dardanelles Strait has been a highly strategic gateway and whoever controls it commanded a very important route. In fact this is why the Gallipoli campaign began.
We found the entrance particularly enchanting at sunset with the fisherman against a backdrop of constant ships moving through.
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