Gallipoli

The World-I battlefields known as Gallipoli are just 15 kms west of Çanakkale. Soldiers from each corner of the world was here for about 8 months in 1915 and fought against the Turks to open Dardanelles to their warships. Despite being defeated, the losses were on both side. A total of 250.000 soldiers lost their lives. This war is also called ' gentlemes war', being very long and close fight, the trenches only 10 meters apart from each other.

Gallipoli is one of the most visited places in Turkey by Australians, New Zealanders and British travelers. Especially during the Anzac Day,thousands of Australians, New Zealander and also Turkish people travel to Gallipoli Peninsula to experience the Anzac Day Commemoration. A visit to the battlefields, the cemetaries and the museum has become a "must do" pilgrimage for Australians and New Zealanders. The best time to visit is April 25th where all the people gather there and remember that most bloody war of the human kind.

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