Witness History! Gelibolu Peninsula Historical National Park, Canakkale

Canakkale Wars Gelibolu Ruins is located in the northwest of the Marmara Region, within the borders of Canakkale province. Most of them are within the borders of Eceabat district. There are many martyrdoms, cemeteries, museums and monuments within the boundaries of the Historic Area, which covers an area of ​​33.444 hectares. Eceabat is connected to Canakkale Province in the south of the Gelibolu Peninsula. The district is surrounded by the Dardanelles Strait from the east and the Aegean Sea from the west and south. It is one of the transition points where the Asian and European continents separate from each other. The most visited battlefield in Turkey is the Historic Site, located within the borders of Canakkale province. During the First World War, one of the biggest wars between the Allied Powers and the Ottoman Empire was the Battle of Gelibolu.

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What’s inside the Gelibolu Peninsula Historical National Park?

Historical buildings such as 138 civil architecture examples, 49 monuments, 50 Turkish martyrdoms, 29 Turkish monuments and inscriptions, 34 foreign cemeteries and monuments, castles and bastions in the region constitute a great potential for faith tourism. A wide variety of “natural areas and monuments” include beaches, coves, mixed groves with Mediterranean scrub (maquis), stunning geological and geomorphological formations, and a salt lake (Suvla).


Except for the sunken ships, cannons, trenches, castles, bastions and hundreds of war ruins in the region, XV. There is a cultural heritage collection that includes examples of 19th century military architecture. The area in question stands out as one of the rare protected battlefields around the world. Canakkale and Gelibolu World War I sites were accepted as one of the important points affecting world history and were included in the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List in 2014.

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November 3, 1914 – January 9, 1916 The Ruins, perhaps the biggest of the Canakkale War, looks like an open-air museum. It is possible to see the steps taken in every 1915 war. Real temples of doubt, trenches, military roads, forts, monuments… hissing paint. Gelibolu Peninsula, which gives the argument for the existence of a whole nation in the Gelibolu Wars, is increasing exponentially every year.


Gül Demirci

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