Anzac Gallipoli

The World War I battlefields known as Gallipoli are just 15 km west of Çanakkale. Soldiers from each corner of the world were here for about eight months in 1915 and fought against the Turks in order to open the Dardanelles to their warships. They were defeated, but there were huge losses were on both sides. A total of 250,000 soldiers lost their lives. This war, also called ‘the gentlemen’s war,’ was a very long and close fight, with some trenches only ten meters apart from each other.

Gallipoli is one of the most visited places in Turkey, mostly by Australian, New Zealand, and British travelers. Especially on Anzac Day, thousands of Australians, New Zealanders, and Turks too travel to the Gallipoli peninsula to experience Anzac Day commemoration. A visit to the battlefields, the cemeteries, and the museum has become a ‘must do’ pilgrimage for Australians and New Zealanders. The best time to visit is April 25th, when all the people gather there and remember mankind’s bloodies of wars.

The Gallipoli battlefields are now silent, preserved as a national park adorned with marble and bronze monuments. It’s among the most emotionally touching places to visit in Turkey, so you should definitely visit if you pass by Çanakkale on your route.