Hello everyone. It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything because I was on vacation. And I’ve really missed writing so I decided to share my vacation photos and memories. 🙂
In case you didn’t know I’m from Turkey and I live in Izmir but my mom’s hometown is Çanakkale so I have relatives there also my grandma and grandpa live there. I go to Çanakkale every year since I was 1 and I love to be there because Çanakkale is just beautiful and every part of it smells like history. I’m really excited to share so let’s get started. 🙂
This beautiful girl on the right is my cousin. We see each other just one time every year 😦
When I get there, I stayed at her home and we went everywhere together. Her home is near to a very calming watercourse and there is a cafe next to it. We drank Turkish tea everynight at that cafe and the water, the atmosphere and the talk were so good it was like a therapy.
1914, World War 1… Any kind of war is just so bad but sadly we were part of it. Many many young men died and so many families fell apart all around the world. In my country, Çanakkale was the key place at that war so there are a lot of historical places. I didn’t go all of them this year because I saw all of them years ago. But I’ve tried to take a lot of photos to share with you all.
Firstly, there is a free museum at the city center. It is an open-air museum and has a castle called “Çimenlik Castle”. I couldn’t take photo in that castle because there was a restoration going on. These are the photos that I took:
This UB-46 type German submarine was construced in Bremen/Germany and was put in the sea in 1915. Due to fact that Ottoman Empire and Germany were on the same side during the first world war. UB-46 was assigned its task around Istanbul area. As it was passing to Istanbul area, on 2nd of october 1916, it submerged an English steamship. On 7th november 1916, it submerged a Russian sailboat. On the way of Istanbul, it was hit by a mine 300 meters off the shore.
Submarine wreckage was found in 1993 in Istanbul – Kemerburgaz district on the shores of Akpınar village during a coal extraction operation. This extracted wreckage involves partly 16 meters long torpedo room battaries on its forepart. Despite efforts, the rest of wreckage was not found.
This is an old periscope which is set to see the Hellespont. I brought my phone camera closer to the periscope to show you what I saw. And that’s the photo:
After that we went to the esplanade for a walk. There are a lot of cafes next to the sea and I can’t tell you how alive is that place especially at the night time. There is a big university in Çanakkale so everywhere is full of students and tourists.
And this is the famous Troya Horse. This horse is gifted by the “Troy” movie producers so this isn’t the original one.
There isn’t any bridge at the Hellespont. So, we use ferryboat for passing through the Hellespont. There is a pier on the esplanade. With ferryboat, you can go to Kilitbahir and Eceabat from the city center. This time I didn’t go to Eceabat but I did go to Kilitbahir.
This is me and my cousin on the ferry.
On a hilltop to the right, there is a huge figure of a 1915 Turkish soldier carved in white upon the hillside. In one hand he holds a rifle while his other arm is outstretched towards a Turkish inscription:
Bilmeden gelip bastığın,
Bu toprak, bir devrin battığı yerdir.
These words are written by Turkish poet, Necmettin Halil Onan.
The soil you tread
Once witnessed the end of an era.
Here is the whole poem:
Stop wayfarer! Unbeknownst to you this ground
You come and tread on, is where an epoch lies;
Bend down and lend your ear, for this silent mound
Is the place where the heart of a nation sighs.
To the left of this deserted shadeless lane
The Anatolian slope now observe you well;
For liberty and honour, it is, in pain,
Where wounded Mehmet laid down his life and fell.
This very mound, when violently shook the land,
When the last bit of earth passed from hand to hand,
And when Mehmet drowned the enemy in flood,
Is the spot where he added his own pure blood.
Think, the consecrated blood and flesh and bone
That make up this mound, is where a whole nation,
After a harsh and pitiless war, alone
Tasted the joy of freedom with elation.
When you step into Kilitbahir, there is another castle on the left but unfortunately this was on restoration too. In front of the castle, there is secret Namazgah Fort. I said secret because when you look that place from the sea, you just see some small hills but Ottoman Empire carved forts into them.
Nowadays, these forts are turned into a museum. It isn’t free but so affordable. If you get in, you’ll see war equipments belong to Ottoman Empire, France, England and Germany. And also you’ll watch a short movie about World War 1.
I hope I didn’t bore you but I really enjoyed sharing these memories with you. 🙂