Canakkale, in northwestern Turkey, has been the crossing point from Asia to Europe over the Dardanelles strait for centuries. King Xerxes of Persia crossed in 481 B.C., and Alexander the Great a century and a half later. In the Ottoman days it was used by the Ottoman armies to march into Europe. Hellespont (the ancient name for Dardanelle) was also the location of several mythological stories. Possibly the most famous one is the love story between Hero and Leander.
Canakkale is the theatre of the legendary wars throughout history. It's the place where the battle of Gallipoli happened in the World War I. You can visit the battlefields and war memorials here. In 1915, during the First World War, Great Britain and France attempted to to capture the Ottoman capital of Constantinople and secure a sea route to Russia.
Furthermore, ages before the World War I, there was another war, which made for love: The Battle of Troy. The ancient city Troy is also inside the Canakkale province. You can visit the ruins of the city. Excavations have identified a sequence of nine principal stratas representing nine periods, in which houses were built, occupied and ultimately destroyed. Troy VIIa, which was destroyed by fire sometime about the 13th century BC, is probably the city of King Priam described in Homer’s Iliad. Homer immortalized Troy in the stories of King Priam, Hector, Paris and the beautiful Helen. A symbolic wooden Trojan horse commemorates the legendary war.Also, the Trojan Horse which was used for the movie in in the city, as well.
Gallipoli is a well known part of Turkey for most New Zealanders, Australians and of course Turks as one of the bloodiest battlegrounds of the First World War in these parts. Many soldiers on…