REF No. 3

ANZAC, CAPE HELLES AND TROY EXPERIENCE

Commemoration
In Australia & New Zealand, ANZAC DAY commemoration features solemn ‘dawn services’, a tradition started in Albany, Western Australia on 25 April 1923 & now held at war memorials around both countries, accompanied by thoughts of those lost at war to the ceremonial sounds of the Last Post on the bugle. The fourth stanza of Laurence Binyon’s poem For the Fallen (known as the Ode of Remembrance) is often recited.

Tjs tours WELCOMES YOU TO AN EXPERIENCE

YOU WILL NEVER FORGET!

Day 1 : Istanbul – Eceabat

06:00  Transfer vehicle will begin the circuit around the hotels for pickups. We ask that

customers be ready at reception of hotel for transfer to Eceabat.

Pickups between 6.30 & 7am, depending on number of customers from each hotel..

07:00   Transfer to Eceabat by TJS TOUR bus.

Morning & night showings of Gallipoli documentary, “The Fatal Shore” & the movie “Gallipoli” on the bus.

12.00   Arrive in Eceabat where you will be met by the staff of TJs TOURS.

Lunch in Eceabat

13.00   Depart  from here you’ll drive to the ANZAC Battlefield area to start an emotional & memorable tour.

On tour you’ll visit:

Kabatepe Epic Promotion Centre (War Museum)
Beach Cemetery (John Simpson’s Grave)
ANZAC Cove
Ari Burnu (First ANZAC landing place)
Lone Pine Cemetery (Australian memorial)
Johnston’s Jolly (Walk in the ANZAC trenches) – view Shrapnel Valley
Turkish Memorial
The Nek(Light Horse scene depicted in the Gallipoli movie) &Walker’s Ridge
Chunuk Bair (Main New Zealand memorial)

Return to TJs TOURS Agency & Hotel in Eceabat.

Overnight in Eceabat or Canakkale

Day 2 : CAPE HELLES & TROY

After breakfast, drive to the village of Kilitbahir, 5kms south of Eceabat, where you will visit :

Turkish WW1 ammunition storage area
Ottoman Castle

Then further south to Cape Helles visiting:

Turkish, French and English memorials
Lunch
Troy is a complex site. It has its own excavations team that returns every year to unravel the mystery that is Troy. This makes it an ongoing site where every year a piece of the puzzle is uncovered and history is made known!

DID THE TROJAN HORSE WAR ACTUALLY HAPPEN?

IS THERE ANYTHING LEFT OF THE TROJAN WAR CITY?

WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL THE TREASURES UNCOVERED FROM THIS SITE?

FIND OUT THE ANSWERS TO THESE MYTHIC QUESTIONS ON OUR TOUR!

TROY TOUR ITINERARY:

Tour departs at 07.30am OR 1pm, depending on season and other daily tour schedules.

Tour departs from TJs Hotel in Eceabat, where you will cross the famous Dardanelle waters and proceed to the ancient site of Troy, 36km south of Çanakkale.

Our local, English-speaking guide will tour you around the 9 city ruins on the site of Troy, explaining the people from the era, their houses and culture, and the reason for the final destruction of each city.

The commentary is filled with mythical stories of the site and surrounding areas, while filling you in on the history of the excavations, the excavators and their findings.

At the site you’ll be shown around:

A replica of the wooden horse that you can climb into for a photo.
Excavation information centre which holds exhibits from the work underway.
The fortification walls of Troy Vl with its tower and gateway entrance.
Temple of Athena – the focal point of a great annual festival in honour of the goddess Athena.
Schliemann’s trench – the discoverer of Troy?
The entrance ramp to Troy ll.
The sanctuary – an important religious centre of its time.
The odeon – intended for the presentation of musical performances.
Current excavations in progress.

Tour includes:

Fully guided tours with local, Professional English speaking guide.
All transportation in private ‘Non Smoking’ bus.
1 Night Accommodation (BB)
2 Lunches.
Entrance and ferry fees included.

WARNING!!

There are very few toilets in the battlefield area. Go before tour!
There are also very few bins so please collect your rubbish & put it back on the bus so we can dispose of it responsibly later on.
Take your bathers/togs/cossies/swimmers for a swim at lunchtime when & if time & weather permits.
There are no shops at the battlefields, so remember to buy water & nibblies before you leave Eceabat.
Remember to take sunscreen & a hat if you’re not fond of direct sunlight as there is minimal shade available. Shorts are fine to wear on the peninsula but remember to wear sensible shoes as you will be walking on uneven ground at times & there are snakes in the area.

PLEASE NOTE

Times change according to the season & weather conditions.

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Commemoration

In Australia & New Zealand, ANZAC DAY commemoration features solemn ‘dawn services’, a tradition started in Albany, Western Australia on 25 April 1923 & now held at war memorials around both countries, accompanied by thoughts of those lost at war to the ceremonial sounds of the Last Post on the bugle. The fourth stanza of Laurence Binyon’s poem For the Fallen (known as the Ode of Remembrance) is often recited.

 

REF. NO.18

4 Days 3 Nights …

Cruise Summary

Day 1:

09.00 am Depart TJs Hotel and Office for Cruise tour to the Kapatepe Harbour

Cruise to Anzac Cove
Snorkelling to the WW1 Wrecks
Lunch at North Beach ( View Sphinx and Commonrative Site)
Cruise to Suvla Bay
Swimming at Suvla Bay and walk around Solt Lake ( if we lucky we might see pelicans)
Dinner
Overnight at Suvla Bay

Day 2:

After Breakfast, Cruise to Gokceada (Imroz Island)
Kaskaval Cape ( View of the Peynir Kayaliklari – The Cheese Rock) at Kuzulimani
Mud bath at Aydincik Beach
Lunch at Aydincik Beach
Swimming at Aydincik Beach (Wind Surfing – Optional)
Dinner
Overnight at Gokceada (Imroz Island)

Day 3:

After Breakfast, Cruise to Bozcaada (Tenedos Island)
Docking to the Bozcaada (Tenedos Island) Port
Greek Church
Fortress
Vineyards
Stop at the shop to taste vine
Lunch on the Bozcaada (Tenedos Island)
After the Island trip back to Yatch
Cruise to Ayazma Beach and Swimming
Dinner
Wine Party on the Yatch
Overnight Bozcaada (Tenedos Island)

Day 4:

After Breakfast, Cruise to Cape Helles
Swimming at Morto Bay (S Beach)
Lunch at Morto Bay
Cruise to V (Swimming), W, X , Y Beachs
Cruise to Kapatepe Harbour
Bus Back to Eceabat and check in to the hotel or transfer to Istanbul.

End of the Cruise

Includes:

All transportation, non-smoking vehicle
All entrance fees
Fully guided tours
English-speaking guide.
4 Breakfasts
4 Lunches
3 Dinners
3 Nights Accommodation on the Yatch
Snorkelling

Excluded:

Wind Surfing
Scuba Diving
Drinks & meals which are not listed in the itinerary
Tips to captain & crew are made at the travellers discretion

Departure Dates

            June         July          August       September     October

            1 – 4          1 – 4           1 – 4                 1 – 4                 1 – 4

            5 – 8         5 – 8           5 – 8                 5 – 8               5 – 8

          9 – 12        9 – 12         9 – 12                9 – 12             9 – 12

        13 – 16     13 – 16       13 – 16               13 – 16            13 – 16

        17 – 20    17 – 20       17 – 20             17 – 20             17 – 20

        21 – 24    21 – 24       21 – 24             21 – 24            21 – 24

       25 – 29    25 – 29       25 – 29            25 – 29            25 – 29

Note:

In case of poor weather and/or sea conditions, this program is subject to change without notice.

WARNING!!

There are very few toilets in the battlefield area. Go before tour!
There are also very few bins so please collect your rubbish & put it back on the bus so we can dispose of it responsibly later on.
Take your bathers/togs/cossies/swimmers for a swim at lunchtime when & if time & weather permits.
There are no shops at the battlefields, so remember to buy water & nibblies before you leave Eceabat.
Remember to take sunscreen & a hat if you’re not fond of direct sunlight as there is minimal shade available. Shorts are fine to wear on the peninsula but remember to wear sensible shoes as you will be walking on uneven ground at times & there are snakes in the area.

PLEASE NOTE
Times change according to the season & weather conditions.

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Daily Snorkelling A WW1 Landing Craft (Guaranteed Departure Everyday)

REF. NO.10                       

Itinerary:

09:00    Depart from TJs Hotel

 

Snorkel a WW1 landing craft & relax on the beach.

A good chance to search for relics along the shoreline.

12:00    Return to TJs Hotel

Trip includes:

Transport to and from TJs Hotel.

Snorkel equipment : mask, finns and snorkel.

English speaking activity leader.

Effort required:

The craft is a 150m swim from the shore.

PLEASE NOTE
Times change according to the season & weather conditions.

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Troy Day Tour Tour (Guaranteed Departure Everyday)

Tjs tours WELCOMES YOU TO AN EXPERIENCE

                                                 YOU WILL NEVER FORGET!                                                   

REF. NO. 5

Troy is a complex site. It has its own excavations team that returns every year to unravel the mystery that is Troy. This makes it an ongoing site where every year a piece of the puzzle is uncovered and history is made known!

DID THE TROJAN HORSE WAR ACTUALLY HAPPEN?

IS THERE ANYTHING LEFT OF THE TROJAN WAR CITY?

WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL THE TREASURES UNCOVERED FROM THIS SITE?

FIND OUT THE ANSWERS TO THESE MYTHIC QUESTIONS ON OUR TOUR!

TROY DAY TOUR ITINERARY:

Tour departs at 07.30am or 13.00 pm, depending on season and other daily tour schedules.

Tour departs from TJs Hotel in Eceabat, where you will cross the famous Dardanelle waters and proceed to the ancient site of Troy, 36km south of Çanakkale.

Our local, English-speaking guide will tour you around the 9 city ruins on the site of Troy, explaining the people from the era, their houses and culture, and the reason for the final destruction of each city.

The commentary is filled with mythical stories of the site and surrounding areas, while filling you in on the history of the excavations, the excavators and their findings.

At the site you’ll be shown around:

A replica of the wooden horse that you can climb into for a photo.
Excavation information centre which holds exhibits from the work underway.
The fortification walls of Troy Vl with its tower and gateway entrance.
Temple of Athena – the focal point of a great annual festival in honour of the goddess Athena.
Schliemann’s trench – the discoverer of Troy?
The entrance ramp to Troy ll.
The sanctuary – an important religious centre of its time.
The odeon – intended for the presentation of musical performances.
Current excavations in progress.
Return to TJs TOURS Agency & Hotel in Eceabat.

PLEASE NOTE
Times change according to the season & weather conditions.

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REF. NO. 6

Troy Ancient City
Fought over for thousands of years & included now on UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage list, Troy continues to inspire us with its history. Over the millennia the Dardanelles strait has been the scene of countless wars owing to its strategic position between two continents (Europe & Asia) & two seas (the Mediterranean & the Black Sea). From the Trojan War, thought to have taken place in 1180 B.C. & chronicled by the Anatolian epic poet Homer in his immortal Iliad, to the Battle of Gallipoli in the First World War, the purpose has always been the same: to rule East & West by controlling the Dardanelles.

TOUR ITINERARY

06:00 Transfer vehicle will begin the circuit around the hotels for pickups. We ask that customers be ready at reception of hotel for transfer to Eceabat.
Pickups between 6 & 7am, depending on number of customers from each hotel..
07:00 Transfer to Eceabat by TJS TOUR bus.
12.00 Arrive in Eceabat where you will be met by the staff of TJs TOURS.

Lunch in Eceabat

Tour departs at 12.30 am from TJs Hotel in Eceabat where you will cross the famous Dardanelle waters and proceed to the ancient site of Troy, 36km south of Çanakkale.

Our local english speaking guide will tour you around the 9 city ruins on the site of Troy explaining the people from the era, their houses and culture and the reason for the final destruction of each city.

The commentary is filled with mythical stories of the site and surrounding areas while filling you in on the history of the excavations, the excavators and their findings.

At the site you’ll be shown around:

A replica of the wooden horse that you can climb into for a photo.
Excavation information centre which holds exhibits from the work underway.
The fortification walls of Troy Vl with its tower and gateway entrance.
Temple of Athena – the focal point of a great annual festival in honour of the goddess Athena.
Schliemann’s trench – the discoverer of Troy?
The entrance ramp to Troy ll.
The sanctuary – an important religious centre of its time.
The odeon – intended for the presentation of musical performances.
Current excavations in progress.

Transfer back to Istanbul by TJs Tours bus.

Tour Includes:

Professional English speaking guide.
All transportation including ferry ride and private bus.
Entrance fee.
1 Lunch

PLEASE NOTE
Times change according to the season & weather conditions.

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Main Info

REF No. 1

Commemoration
In Australia & New Zealand, ANZAC DAY commemoration features solemn ‘dawn services’, a tradition started in Albany, Western Australia on 25 April 1923 & now held at war memorials around both countries, accompanied by thoughts of those lost at war to the ceremonial sounds of the Last Post on the bugle. The fourth stanza of Laurence Binyon’s poem For the Fallen (known as the Ode of Remembrance) is often recited.

Tjs tours WELCOMES YOU TO AN EXPERIENCE

YOU WILL NEVER FORGET!

TOUR ITINERARY

Morning & night showings of Gallipoli documentary“The Fatal Shore” & the movie “Gallipoli”.

12.00am ~ Tour departs from TJs TOURS Agency & Hotel .

Lunch in Eceabat

From here you’ll drive to the ANZAC Battlefield area to start an emotional & memorable tour.

On tour you’ll visit:

Gallipoli – Kabatepe War Museum & Simulation Centre
Beach Cemetery (John Simpson’s Grave)
ANZAC Cove
Ari Burnu (First ANZAC landing place)
Lone Pine Cemetery (Australian memorial)
Johnston’s Jolly (Walk in the ANZAC trenches)
View Shrapnel Valley
Turkish Memorial
The Nek(Light Horse scene depicted in the Gallipoli movie) &Walker’s Ridge
Chunuk Bair (Main New Zealand memorial)
Return to TJs TOURS Agency & Hotel in Eceabat.

Please tell us before tour if you would like us to research or locate an ANZAC  grave. There are no registers out on the peninsula.

There are no registers out on the peninsula.

TJs TOURS is the only agency with a set of registers for the Gallipoli Peninsula on the premises.
The register books were given to TJ  in recognition of his work for the Commonwealth War Graves in providing information for tourists on the Gallipoli Peninsula. With these books, we can locate the burial site of any Commonwealth soldier who fell in the Gallipoli campaign.

We invite you to make use of this service free of charge.

Tour Includes
• Fully guided 4/5hr Gallipoli tour with local, Professional English speaking guide.
• All transportation in private ‘Non Smoking’ bus.
• Lunch.
• Museum entrance fee.

WARNING!!
There are very few toilets in the battlefield area. Go before tour!
There are also very few bins so please collect your rubbish & put it back on the bus so we can dispose of it responsibly later on.
Take your bathers/togs/cossies/swimmers for a swim at lunchtime when & if time & weather permits.
There are no shops at the battlefields, so remember to buy water & nibblies before you leave Eceabat.
Remember to take sunscreen & a hat if you’re not fond of direct sunlight as there is minimal shade available. Shorts are fine to wear on the peninsula but remember to wear sensible shoes as you will be walking on uneven ground at times & there are snakes in the area.

PLEASE NOTE
Times change according to the season & weather conditions.

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Tjs Tours WELCOMES YOU TO AN EXPERIENCE

YOU WILL NEVER FORGET!

REF No. 2      

Itinerary:                                            

Istanbul – Eceabat

06:00Transfer vehicle will begin the circuit around the hotels for pickups. We ask that

customers be ready at reception of hotel for transfer to Eceabat.

Pickups between 6.30& 7am, depending on number of customers from each hotel..

07:00   Transfer to Eceabat by TJS TOUR bus.

12.00   Arrive in Eceabat where you will be met by the staff of TJs TOURS.

Lunch in Eceabat

13.00   Depart  from here you’ll drive to the ANZAC Battlefield area to start an emotional & memorable tour.

On tour you’ll visit:

Gallipoli – Kabatepe War Museum & Simulation Centre
Beach Cemetery (John Simpson’s Grave)
ANZAC Cove
Ari Burnu (First ANZAC landing place)
Lone Pine Cemetery (Australian memorial)
Johnston’s Jolly (Walk in the ANZAC trenches) – view Shrapnel Valley
Turkish Memorial
The Nek(Light Horse scene depicted in the Gallipoli movie) &Walker’s Ridge
Chunuk Bair (Main New Zealand memorial)

Return to TJs TOURS Agency & Hotel in Eceabat.

17:30 pm. Depart Eceabat for Istanbul with TJS TOURS bus.

Note : Departure time may very according to conclusion time of the Gallipoli Tour.

Dinner is not included, but the driver will stop on request if the customer wishes to buy food at a roadside restaurant

Tour includes:

Fully guided 4/5hr Gallipoli tour with local, Professional English speaking guide.
All transportation in private ‘Non Smoking’ bus.
Entrance fee.

TJs TOURS is the only agency with a set of registers for the Gallipoli Peninsula on the premises.

The register books were given to TJ and B in recognition of their work for the Commonwealth War Graves in providing information for tourists on the Gallipoli Peninsula. With these books, we can locate the burial site of any Commonwealth soldier who fell in the Gallipoli campaign.

We invite you to make use of this service free of charge.

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Every soldier at Gallipoli had stories to tell of the fighting, but two battles stand out because they were so fierce. One was fought at a place the Australians called Lone Pine. The ridge line was given its name because when the Turks were making roofs for their trenches, they chopped down every tree except one…

Gallipoli (Turkish: Gelibolu) is a peninsula locality in north-western Turkey, close to Istanbul. The Gallipoli Peninsula is the site of extensive First World War battlefields & memorials on the north bank of the Dardanelles Strait. It is a commemorative site for the Allied (British Empire, France) & Turkish forces who fought, died & were wounded there. The Gallipoli Campaign also known as the Battle of the Dardanelles was very costly for both sides & casualties & losses amount to 220,000 with a 59% casualty rate for the Allied forces & 253 000 with a 60% casualty rate for the Turkish forces.

The battle resonated profoundly among some nations involved. In Turkey, the battle is perceived as a defining moment in the history of the Turkish people – a final surge in the defence of the motherland as the centuries-old Ottoman Empire was crumbling; and in Australia & New Zealand, the then perceived duty to serve their “Mother Country” Britain, resulted in their military defeat, but their sacrifice & heroism marked the birth of a separate national consciousness in both of these countries.

The Gallipoli peninsula is one of the most sacred sites for the Turkish nation, with many monuments such as the Monument of Martyrs erected in the honor of the Turkish soldiers who died in the Battle of the Dardanelles against the Allied forces, whose defeat staved off a potential invasion of Turkey. The victory over the Allies is celebrated on 18 March as Canakkale Zaferi (Canakkale Victory), every year, with tens of thousands of Turks attending the events on the battlefields & memorials.

The area around Anzac Cove is particularly significant for Australians & New Zealanders, whose armies received their baptism in fire on the cliffs there & carved a fine military reputation under extreme adversity & enourmous loss of life; & this military disaster marked the beginning of a separate Australian & New Zealand nationhood. The 1915 landings & battles are commemorated by Australians & New Zealanders on ANZAC Day, 25 April, every year. At this time especially, Gallipoli becomes a place of pilgrimage for many Aussies & Kiwis who want to honour the memory of their forbears.

There are three main battlefield areas – Cape Helles (Turkish: Seddulbahir), Anzac / Pine Ridge & Suvla Bay (which has fewer places to visit). Depending on how detailed your itinerary is, it would be possible to visit the main sites of interest, particularly around Cape Helles & Anzac – Pine Ridge, in a single day. More realistically, two or three days allows plenty of time for an extensive tour, taking in all the battlefield sites, cemeteries & memorials. Must sees include: The Cannakale Martyrs Memorial (near Cape Helles); The British Memorial at Cape Helles; Anzac Cove; Pine Ridge Australian Memorial; New Zealand Monument, Chunuk Bair; Ataturk Statue, Chunuk Bair.

Aside from the 1915 battlefields, why not visit the new Gelibolu Milli Park visitors centre where there are excellent displays relating to the natural history of the peninsula. You can also visit the ancient fortress of Kilitbahir south of Eceabat or take a ferry across the Straits to Asia; from Canakkale, drive to what is reputed to be the site of Ancient Troy (signposted Troia) about 30 kilometres to the south. The ruins of the legendary city – complete with (reconstructed) wooden horse – are open to the public.

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Canakkale is not only name of a city but also the province including the battlefields & memorials of Gallipoli, the legendary ancient city Troy, the mystical & fascinating ancient city Assos, the unknown historical island Bozcaada, the impressive nature of Mt. Ida…

Canakkale, a city & region of education, culture & history with past stretching back 5,000 years, has been nourished by the legacy of ancient cultural treasures such as The Illiad by Homer & has come to appreciate the enchanting historical sites within its boundaries & is now an significant tourism centre.

In ancient times Canakkale was known as the “Hellespont” & “Dardanel” & is one of Turkey’s most beautiful provinces, sitting astride both the Marmara & Aegean regions, with 671 kms of coastline & where geography & history meet in a meaningful way. The Gallipoli Historic National Park, where one of the most important events in Turkey’s history & that of the First World War, the Gallipoli Campaign, took place; & two of the most important ancient centres in western Anatolia, Troy & Assos, which are of the indispensable value as historical & tourism sites, are all in the province of Canakkale.

Stretching from the Trojan War to the Gallipoli Campaign the ancient cities & the sacred land have added “peace” as a characteristic of the identity of the province. While the founding father of the Turkish Republic M. Kemal ATATURK addressed “You, the mothers who sent their sons from the far away countries,” by saying that “your sons are now lying in our bosom,” he delivered his message “Peace at home, peace in the world,” to the world from this land.

Canakkale is one of our country’s most important cultural & tourism centres, with the hospitality of the local people, unspoiled nature, unique buildings, ancient cities, historical walls, cemeteries of those who fell in the war, examples of civil architecture, its clean shores & beaches that have been awarded the Blue Flag, enchanting islands, thermal spas, mild climate, rich range of agricultural products, local dishes, a wide range of fresh & very varied fish, handcrafts & artists. Canakkale reveals a different beauty for all seasons, with the geography of the sea passing through it, the fertility of its lands, & the glamour of its history. It is an ancient, natural & modern province.

On both sides of the wharf & on the waterfront…
Like in all seaside cities the criteria what sets the character of Canakkale is the sea & its wharf. Either side of the waterfront from the jetty in Canakkale have been set out to promote walking & entertainment. Stretching both ways from the car ferry wharf there are restaurants, bars, cafes & benches placed so one can look out over the sea or rest. The area around the wharf & the waterfront is busy day & night. Many of the restaurants on the waterfront feature a seafood menu. In season one can always find fresh fish in the restaurants.

The Clock Tower
One street back from the wharf there is a clock tower that is one of the symbols of the city. It was built in 1897 by an Italian, Emili Vitali tradesman & honorary consul of the time. There is a clock on each of the four sides of the tower, which was built from the local Ayvalik stone. The square shaped tower narrows slightly as it rises. The public fountain beneath it was built in 1889 by a wealthy Jewish resident of the town called Halyo..

Old Canakkale
The two streets either side of the tower lead into the older districts of the city. Most of the old houses on these very narrow streets are either used as shops or cafes. There are small hans in the marketplace. Once upon a time the famed Muriel Bazaar (Aynali Carsi or Mirror Bazaar) was in this region. The Muriel Bazaar, which was made famous in a well known song about Gallipoli Campaign, was built by Ilia Halyo in 1889 during the reign of Sultan Abdülhamit & was a replica of the famed Egyptian Bazaar in Istanbul. According to some accounts it was destroyed by shells from the British battleship Queen Elizabeth, which were fired at the defences around Canakkale. The bazaar remained a ruin for some time after the war & later 14 shops that were not in keeping with the former styles were erected.

Canakkale in 1 day
One can start a tour of Canakkale from the Cimenlik Castle. The tour, which would follow a visit to the old district, would have as its first stop at the Turkish districts of Camii Kebir & Cay & a stop at the Fatih Mosque. Later one can see the Jewish district, the Victory Square, the Nedime Hanim Girls School, the Tifli Mosque, the Muriel Bazaar, the synagogue, the Anatolian Greek (Rum) district, school buildings, the Orta Mektep School, the Cumhuriyet Meydani (Republican Square), the Public Gardens (Halk Bahcesi), the waterfront, the Clock Tower, Yali & Fetvahane Streets & the Yali Mosque.

The old district & the partly protected houses & streets are very pleasant but one can take a break at the Yali Han, located off one of the streets leading from the Clock Tower. In the han, apart from a bookstore & several other shops, there is a coffee shop & if the weather is suitable you can even sit in the garden area which is very pleasant. The han is also the venue for a number of cultural activities in Canakkale

The Dardanos Tumulus
The tumulus is on the Izmir road in an area owned by the local university & the finds from the site are on display at the Canakkale Archaeology Museum. However, there is not much for the amateur visitor to see. The site’s importance lies in its having the traces of the oldest settlement known in Canakkale. The old name for Canakkale, Dardanos, comes from this old city that was founded here but there are no other traces of it barring the tumulus. The Dardanos tumulus is one of the oldest in the world.

Historical places opening hours
Troy Ancient City : Open hours 08:00 – 17:00 (winter) / 08:00 – 19:30 (summer) open every day, Entrance fee.

Assos : Behramkale Koyu Ayvacik Canakkale, Open hours 08:00 – 17:00 (throughout the year), (open every day), Entrance fee.

Alexandria Troas : Dalyan Koyu Ezine Canakkale, Open hours 08:00 – 17:00 (throughout the year), (open every day), Entrance fee.

The Military Museum & the Cimenlik Fortress
The Cimenlik Castle, which now serves as a military museum, was built by Sultan Fatih the Conqueror in 1462 in order to control the Strait. It was known as Bogaz Hisari & Kala-i Sultaniye in the past. In the fortress area one can still see the holes made by British shellfire from the Gallipoli Campaign. The small two-story Fatih Mosque inside the castle was built at the same at the fortress. The other parts of the fortress have been turned into a military museum. In the museum there are displays of Ottoman era arms & military equipment, material & equipment from World War One as well as copies of books & maps prepared by the famed Ottoman sailor & cartographer Piri Reis. An exact scale replica of the mine layer the Nusrat, which played a prominent part in the Gallipoli Campaign, is on display in the open garden of museum. The real Nusrat, which has recently been restored, is on display in a park in Mersin in the south of Turkey.

Troy Ancient City
A warning to travellers who plan to visit Troy. Troy is not a historical site that one can visit & understand on one’s own. It definitely should be visited in the company of an expert guide. In Canakkale & Eceabat many travel agencies organise tours with good guides. We strongly recommend that those who do not come to the region with a tour group should consider joining one of these tours. Troy is the common name for the city at the entrance of the Dardanelles located on the Hisarl覺k Hill, the Bronze Age fortress & the settlement, the legendary city of King Priam that was completely destroyed at the end of the ten year long Trojan War. Troy was also known as Ilios & Ilion. One of the most important aspects of Troy for archaeologists & historians is that it was destroyed, burnt down & rebuilt on the same site. In general, once a city was destroyed another would be built at a different location. In contrast, Troy was rebuilt on the very same location again & again. Thus it presents us with the opportunity to study & learn the 5,000 years long history of humans, culture & architecture in the region. There is a small museum at the entrance of the site, which was opened in 1955. Some finds from the excavation that had been held in the Istanbul Archaeology Museum were transferred to this museum in 1970. There are plans to build a larger museum at the site, with the intention of bringing together most of the finds from generations of excavation, including pieces smuggled out of Turkey & currently held in Russia & the Berlin Archaeology Museum.

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Canakkale Abide Memorial, Suvla Bay.
When you reach the Gallipoli Peninsula you can feel the spirit of the heroes from centuries ago. Today the Gallipoli region is a national park, which acts as an open air museum & is open to all visitors who come to pay their respects at different memorials but on the same soil…

Dardanelles & Hellespont
Dardanelles & Hellespont are the old names of what is now Canakkale. The word Dardanelles comes from Dardanos, a mythical ancestor of one of the survivors of Troy. Canakkale’s other ancient name, Hellespont, also comes from mythology. According to the mythological story of the “Golden Fleece”, that was intensely used by ancient writers, the region was named after means Helle, who legend says fell into the waters of the Strait & drowned while riding on a flying ram with a golden fleece when she & her brother were fleeing to the Black Sea city of Colchis. Apart from its being on a crossing point between two continents, Canakkale attracted the attention of the Eastern Roman Empire, later to become the Byzantine Empire; the Mediterranean countries for trading with the Black Sea, famous for its fish, & the Black Sea countries for whom the Bosphorus & the Dardanelles were the only opening from their inland sea to the world. At times in history, armies from one continent crossed to the other by building bridges of boats or bridges supported by buoys. Though there have been no specific find from Dardanos it is believed that its history goes further back than that of Troy. While the history of Troy I, discovered after excavations that were carried out over a period of years, goes back to 3000 BC, the earliest known settlement in the region has been dated to more than 5000 years ago. The city of Troy that was founded in 3000 BC was destroyed by an earthquake 500 years later. Troy, which was to re-established & destroyed many times after that, founded a great civilization.

Canakkale has seen this & other civilisations rule the region at different times. In 500 BC, it was the Persians that flooded over all of Anatolia. In 386 BC, with the “Peace of Kings” between the Persians & the Spartans, Persian sovereignty in the region was reinforced. The Persian King Xerxes build a bridge of ships & buoys across the Strait in order to cross into Greece & Macedonia, passing his army over the Strait from Abydos to Sestos. Persian rule in the region was destroyed with the defeat inflicted by the Macedonian King Alexander the Great on the Persian army at the battle of Granicas (the Biga stream) in 334 BC. Shortly after the death of Alexander, there were conflicts between the Macedonian commanders over control of the region. Under the rule of the Pergamum Kingdom the region was renamed Galat. It gained importance during the times of the Roman & Byzantine Empires. The first territory seized by the Ottomans in the region was the town of Gelibolu. It was only later that full Ottoman sovereignty over the region was attained.

Canakkale ceramics
One of the suggestions is that the name Canakkale came from long ago due to the tradition of pottery & ceramics in the region, ‘Canak’ meaning pot in Turkish. From the end of the 17th century to the first quarter of the 19th the type of ceramics produced in Canakkale had very different characteristics to those tiles & ceramics of Iznik or Kutahya.

The interest in Canakkale ceramics by the museums & the collectors has increased in the recent years. In these ceramics a reddish clay or more rarely a cream coloured one is used. At the end of the 17th & early 18th centuries examples of more deep bowls, plates & large post were produced. The designs on them were painted with a non-colourful green or cream coloured almost transparent glaze. The colours applied under the coating are mostly a purplish dark brown, orange, yellow, dark blue & white. There was a decrease in the quality in the 19th & early 20th centuries in Çanakkale ceramics. The best collection of the Canakkale ceramics is by Suna-Ä°nan Kirac displayed at the Kaleici museum in Antalya.

Turk – Islam works
Gelibolu is rich in respect of Turkish & Islam works. Near to the Astsubay Orduevi (Non-Commissioned Officers House) there is the grave of Bayrakli (Flag) Dede who was the standard bearer for Suleyman Pasha. From the 14th century onward people came to visit his grave & to hang flags on it. This is why he is known as “Bayrakli Dede” (Dede means a religious figure). The mosque known as the Suleyman Pasha or Buyuk Cami was built in 1358. It was repaired in 1676 & 1889. It has a rectangular plan, stone walls & three entrance doors. There are many türbes (tombs) such as that of Bayraklı Dede. The main ones are those of Ahmet Bican, Mehmet Bican, Hallacı Mansur, Kalafat Mehmed Pasha, Emir Ali Pasha & his son in law Sinan Pasha. The Gelibolu Mevlevihanesi is especially worth seeing, having been built in 1656 by the followers of the symbol of tolerance in sufism, the Mevlana. The restoration work on this impressive building will be completed by the end of 2004. This building, which is located in the grounds of the Military Hospital is the largest second Tekke (Dervish lodge) in Turkey. It had supplementary buildings that have not survived. It used to host 80 poor people with its school, han & refectory. The area where the Dervish sema ceremony (the whirling dance of the Dervishes) is at times performed can cater to 1000 spectators

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