Today, the Gallipoli battlefields are peaceful
places covered in scrubby brush, pine forests and farmers' fields, but this
strategic peninsula has held the key to Istanbul for a millennium. Momentous
battles have been fought here, including the 9 months of ferocious combat
between Atatürk's troops and the Allies in WWI. Gallipoli is a fairly large
area to tour, it's over 35 km (22mi) from the northernmost battlefield to
the southern tip of the peninsula. The great battles of
Gallipoli are commemorated each year during March (usually from the 12th to
19th). We visited ANZAC beach were many of
the troops landed.
To get to the Gallipoli Peninsula, ferry boats run from Çanakkale across the Daranelles (about 45 km) to Eceabat on the peninsula. This is how we arrived on the peninsula.
This was the last place to explore before we returned to Istanbul.
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ANZAC Cove Beach Libby and Jim at the sign for ANZAC Cove Beach The beach area More of the beach where the ANZAC troops retreated to ships Monumnet stone by the beach Another monument further up the hill Turkish cannon on the battlefield Another Turkish monument Turkish war memorial by the museum Looking out over the battleground Australian war memorial Another monument by the museum Turkish memorial Australian war memorial Australian war memorial - Lone Pine memorial World War I trench World War I trench - we actually walked in the trenches from the war Path we walked on the battleground Some more of the battleground Some more of the battleground Some more of the battleground Some more of the battleground lightbox gallery cmsby VisualLightBox.com v6.1
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