Canakkale Ili Things to Do

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Canakkale Ili Things to Do

  • Gallipoli National Historic Park / Peace...

    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...

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  • NUSRAT MINE LAYER - Replica

    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...

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  • Walk the streets of Canakkale

    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...

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  • Mirrored Bazaar

    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.

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  • CIMENLIK CASTLE

    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...

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  • Çanakkale

    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...

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  • Troy

    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...

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  • Turkish memorial

    Will finish this laterTurkish Memorial

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  • Shrapnel Valley

    Will finish this laterShrapnel Valley

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  • Lone Pine

    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...

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  • Hire a good guide to show you the...

    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...

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  • A must - the Naval Museum

    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...

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  • Walk through Old Canakkale.

    As you walk eastward from the clock tower (bus stop) you will eventually come to a series of narrow streets which are used as shops and cafes a.nd old caravenseri

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  • Gallipoli National Historical Park:

    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...

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  • Troy horse

    The Hollywood Movie Troy Horse is located by the sea side along the promenade. Its an interesting site to observe as you meander aloing the Promenade. Nothing more nothing less.

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  • People watching

    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.

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  • Old Clock tower

    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.

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  • Observe the Turkish viewpoint of the...

    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...

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  • The entrance to the Dardanelles

    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...

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  • Catch the ferry across the Straits

    The ferry links one side of the Dardanelles to the Eceabat side where you need to go if you want to visit the Gallipoli war sites. The trip itself takes about 15 mins and is quite cheap. The ferry goes on the hour until 11pm. Unfortunately, I cannot tell you the cost as we visited around Bayram and it was free!!

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  • Gallipoli

    Around 12.000 Australians and New Zealanders converge around Canakkale on april 25 to pay there respect on Anzac day Thousands of men gave thier lives on this peninsula in ww1 and as you look around today you cannot grasp what it must have been likeWords and pictures cannot express GallipoliOur tour from anzac house was better than we expected with...

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  • Troy

    Our son jack wanted to visit Troy as part of his studies at school and to do troy and Gallipoli independantly would'nt have been sensible so booked both tours together from anzac house Troy was the first with an early morning start Romance'atised by the trojan wars Achillies helen and all that troy is actually nine cities built on top of each...

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  • Waterfront

    It was april and we did,nt know what to expect in CanakkaleThe waterfront was quiet and peacefull very relaxing after our journey from Istanbul Theres an impessive trojan horse near the waterfront that ime told featured in the film Troy with brad pitt .?.

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  • The Beautiful Canakkale Harbour

    In the evening, dine at one of the fish restaurants along the seaside. In the morning til early afternoon, walk along the the seaside and once you get tired, sit at one of the coffeeshops, have a hot tea or coffee – the hot chocolate is a real treat - and wonder at the peace and serenity of the Strait of Dardanelle. Absorb the energy and let the...

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  • Trojan Horse on the seaside (Hollywood...

    The trojan horse that was used in Brad Pitt’s movie – Troy – is exhibited along the harbour since September 2004 (few meters on your right if your facing the Eceabat ferry terminal). Personally, this version appeals more to me than the one in the ancient city of Troy. It’s a raw version, old wood and not well-crafted or crafted to look look more...

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  • Çemenlik Castle

    Located at the far end of the vast weaponry lawn of the Naval Museum is the Cimenlik castle.Built by Sultan Mehmet (The Conqueror) in 1462 to gain strategic control of the Dardanelles. Wander inside the dark military museum castle with its displays of memorabilia – photos, newspapers, posters with stories in english, artefacts - from the Gallipoli...

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  • Canakkale Naval Museum

    Located just at the back of those open air coffee shops at the end of the harbour or the Strait(on your left if you’re facing the ferry terminal). Open air display of artillery including the replica of the famous Nusrat Minelayer - notorious for destroying many battleships during the Gallipoli war. Entry is free (I think during that day – Friday),...

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  • Yali Hani (1889 Caravanserai)

    Walk the street where the clock tower is (the one on your right) and about 2 short blocks (about a hundred meters) you’ll see this old caravanserai. Just in front of a bar, venue of folk singer performances.Now, there are number of coffeeshops, a bookstore, art shops and I guess a bar at night. There’s a sepia poster of what appears to me as the...

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  • The Historical Clock Tower

    As the name implies, obviously it’s the city’s clock tower!Built in 1897 by an Italian tradesman and a consul named Emili Vitali. It's in front of the hotel where we stayed at in Canakkale, a street away from the seaside.Just pass by it - look at the time - if it says it's still early to proceed to the next sight - then go check out the Yali Hani...

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  • Troy (or Troia or Truva)

    Remember the legendary Trojan Horse? Homer’s Iliad? Helen of Troy? If that fails to remind you – how bout Brad Pitt’s movie “Troy”.Without a guide to narrate its history and information about the area, there’s not much to wonder about this ancient city – just excavations which are still going on in most part and the mock-up of the trojan horse. Yet...

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  • Piri Reis Museum

    The fortress ruin right near to the fisherman’s port is a private museum. This small museum is named after Piri Reis , the Ottoman naval officer who drew the first map in the world , and has a small collection on display. Having been set up with an amateur spirit and being inside the fortress makes for a cute museum. The fortress dates from the...

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  • Bayrakli Baba

    Bayraklý Baba whom real name's Karacabey was died a martyr at a seawar. He was a flag man. Reputedly he get to pieces of the flag not to give it to the enemies and then swallowed it. He made a bequest during his death that the Turkish flag will always being hanged on his grave.Generally people came at his grave to pray and make a wish and put a...

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  • Assos

    Assos, or Behramkale, is a wonderful old fishing and farming village in the sourthern part of the Canakkale Province. It has beautiful stone buildings, old and new, great little hotels and restaurants on the small, peaceful waterfront, a pleasant beach to swim, and ancient ruins on the acropilis above. See my page on Assos, with pictures, etc.

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  • Bozcaada

    When in the region, I recommend visiting the island of Bozcaada, one of the few islands Turkey still has in the Aegean. It was a wonderful town, great beaches, and lots of small local wineries and stores selling great local wine like the Capraz and Talay brands.It is well-developed as a resort area, but is wonderfully pleasant and not "touristy"...

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  • Canakkale City

    The City of Canakkale is a bustling and fairly attractive town. It is the primary ferryboat terminal on the Anatolia side of the straight and has a nice waterfront area with restaurants and tea gardens. At the SW end of the esplanade along the straight is the Naval Museum, with a replica of a WWI minelayer, a fortress, artillery, etc. There is also...

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  • Troy

    For most of the last 3000 years, people assumed that Homer's Iliad was fiction, and that Troy never existed.Then in 1863 a British expatriate named Frank Calvert discovered ancient ruins at a place called Hisarlik, and was convinced they were Troy. Heinrich Schliemann showed up in 1868, provided money for more digging, and took credit for...

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