Where is Gallipoli?
Gallipoli today is called Gelibolu by the Turkish people. The city and the battlefields are within the vicinity of Canakkale province. With Troy, Canakkale province hosts two legendary battlefields of the world’s history. Gallipoli battlefields are located on the North West of the Dardanelles strait. The worst clashes of World War One for the Turkish Nation was held there against the allied forces. Gallipoli is located four hours away from Istanbul and five hours away from Izmir. Izmir is the city near the world-famous ancient city Ephesus. Dardanelles is the name of the strait which connects the Aegean Sea to Marmara. As a result, Troy was the gate to enter the Dardanelles to get to the Black Seafor Aegean and Mediterranean navigators. For hundreds of years, the city of Troy sparked in the region thanks to the huge taxes collected from the traders. Eventually, one of the most legendary battles of history devastated Troy around 500 BC. Fourteen centuries later, another battle took place in the area, which started a butterfly effect, preparing the end of the Ottoman Empire and sparking the Republic of Turkey's light.
How the Gallipoli Battle took place and Anzac Campaign started?
The allied forces during WWI was looking for a way to relieve their Eastern Ally, Russians. After a few attempts of the French and the British, Anzac Campaign took place in the area. The British Empire started the Anzac Campaign which was short for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. Besides the Aussie and New Zealanders, British Empire brought soldiers from other colonies like New Foundland, Ireland and India. ANZAC campaign started on April 1915 and lasted on January 1916. During the terrible fights, more than a hundred thousand soldiers were lost mutually, hundreds of thousands were injured and tens of thousands were lost. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk sparked during the Gallipoli Campaign as an Ottoman Colonel and started the Independence Campaign after the fall of Ottomans Ally Germany.
How to Explore the Gallipoli Battlefields?
After a four hour drive from Istanbul, you will arrive to Gelibolu town located on the Western end of the Dardanelles Strait. You can start driving in the Gelibolu National Park and visit the memorials of the Turkish, British, French and the ANZAC forces. Besides the official memorials and museums in the national park, you can visit the private museums in the small villages in the peninsula. In the end of your journey, you can drive back to Istanbul if you want to spend a day in Gallipoli from Istanbul. If you want to see the ancient city and the Museum of Troy, you can use the ferry from Eceabat to Canakkale and spend the night there. The city has a beautiful and attractive promenade to spend the evening and to watch the sunset. You can enjoy fresh sea food by a sea front restaurant there and stay in a decent hotel with phenomenal Dardanelles views. Next day after breakfast, you can drive to Troy to spend the morning and drive back to Istanbul after lunch. By spending a night in Canakkale, you can use half of the day light to drive and to other half to explore the area. This is a very comfortable way of exploring the Gallipoli Battlefileds and the legendary Troy. We can easily add Gallipoli to a self-drive or an escorted itinerary if you would like to learn the area in depth by one of our guides.
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