Collected by Leeann Murphy , AFAR Local Expert
Unnamed Road, 17500 Pazarlı Köyü/Gelibolu/Çanakkale, Turkey
The Gallipoli Peninsula, at the northwesternmost end of the Dardanelles, was the site of some of World War I’s bloodiest battles. It was here in 1915 where the victorious Ottoman army fought off an eight-month campaign by the British Empire and...
17900 Eceabat/Çanakkale, Turkey
Standing at a towering 42 meters (138 feet) beside the Dardanelles, the four stone pillars of the Martyrs’ Memorial are a commanding tribute to the 250,000 Ottoman casualties of the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915. The imposing size and sturdy design...
İsmetpaşa Mahallesi, Atatürk Cd. No:43, 17000 Çanakkale Merkez/Çanakkale, Turkey
Fatih Sultan Mehmet II (also called Mehmet the Conqueror) strategically built this castle across the narrowest point of the Dardanelles from Kilitbahir Castle, allowing them to control maritime traffic to and from Istanbul. In World War I, the...
17900 Kilidülbahir Köyü/Eceabat/Çanakkale, Turkey
When Fatih Sultan Mehmet II conquered Istanbul in 1453, he realized the new Ottoman capital was vulnerable to attack by the Venetians via the Dardanelles. The clover-shaped Kilitbahir Castle (Kilitbahir means “lock of the sea”) was then built in...
Çanakkale, Çanakkale Merkez/Çanakkale, Turkey
Çanakkale on the southern coast of the Dardanelles is the nearest modern town to the ancient city of Troy where Hector, Achilles and the beautiful Helen flourished; where Homer set his epic Iliad; where the Trojan War was waged; and where various...
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