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A Province on Two Seas Canakkale

The province of Canakkale, which straddles the Dardanelles strait in northwest Turkey, is a region rich in legend and myth. According to considered one of these myths, the strait linking the Aegean and Marmara seas was created by the sea god Poseidon, who break up the land apart, permitting the waters to rush through.

The metropolis of Canakkale on the south financial institution was known as Dardanos or Dardania by the Hellens after its legendary founder Dardanos, the son of Zeus and Electra, and his grandson Ilos founded the famous metropolis of Troy 30 kilometers to the south.

The Canakkale Strait, as it's identified at present, rivals the Bosphorus Strait when it comes to meaningful events in historical past, which it has witnessed. For example, the Macedonian king Alexander the Great crossed the strait on his method eastwards in 334 BC. In 1353 AD, Sultan Orhan Gazi crossed within the other course in the course of increasing the younger Ottoman Empire.

In Ottoman times Canakkale was known as Kale-i Sultaniye or Sultaniye Castle, after the valide sultan (sultan mother). He founded the town according to the famous 17th-century Ottoman writer Evliya Celebi. The fort was constructed in the course of the reign of Sultan Mehmed II, who conquered Istanbul within the mid-fifteenth century. Evliya Celebi additionally tells us that the twin fort on the north facet of the strait was built during the reign of Mehmed IV within the second half of the seventeenth century and referred to as Kale-i Hakaniye or Imperial Castle. Evliya Celebi describes Canakkale as having such nice air and water that its inhabitants had been typically of nice beauty, and the men 'as burly as Algerian mariners'. He says that the city had many orchards and gardens and was well-known for its grapes, grape juice, wine, pickles grapes, grape molasses, and meatballs. We must add that Canakkale can be famend for its wind, which attracts giant numbers of windsurfers to the Aegean coast of the province throughout the summer season months.

Canakkale is inextricably related to two wars. The first was the legendary Trojan War, which occurred around 1200 BC, and the second the Gallipoli Campaign, which happened here 3115 years later. The Battle of Conkbayiri and Colonel Mustafa Kemal, as Ataturk was then, come to thoughts in reference to the latter. The folksong, which begins, 'The Aynali Bazaar in Canakkale / Mother I am off to struggle the enemy,' is a reminiscence of those unhappy occasions.

The Canakkale Campaign Museum in the castle, the castle mosque, Canakkale Clock Tower, Yali Han, and Fatih Mosque are the town's principal sights. Traveling southwards out of the town, keep in mind to cease at Intepe. From this level, there's a spectacular view over the strait, the Aegean, and the Gallipoli Peninsula on the other shore. Here historical past and nature are entwined, the imposing Canakkale War Memorial rising from the Cape of Hisarlik on the southern extremity of the peninsula. In autumn, the vista is incredibly beautiful, when the azure waters of the strait are framed by the steep wooded shores of inexperienced pines and the blazing reds and yellows of the deciduous bushes.

Continuing previous Troy, you come to a signpost indicating the best way to the island of Bozcaada and the ancient metropolis of Alexandreia Troas, which was based in 310 BC. Taking this road through pine woods and past villages deliver you to Geyikli, where automobile ferries make common journeys to the island, a journey of 25 minutes.

The traditional Ayazma Festival in celebration of the grape harvest takes place here yearly between 26 and 29 July. From the north shore of Bozcaada may be seen Turkey's largest island, Gokceada (Imroz), to which there's a daily ferryboat service from Canakkale. South of Alexandria Troas, identified to native individuals as Eski Istanbul Ici, is the Smintheion Sanctuary, whose Temple of Apollo is one of the three most luxurious temples in Turkey.

Further south is Turkey's westernmost point, close to the village of Babakale at the mouth of the Gulf of Edremit. To travel along the gulf, you have to take the primary highway which crosses inland and brings you again to the coast on the historical city of Assos, the place the little city of Behramkale lies on a steep hill, at the top of that are the luxurious ruins of the Temple of Athena.

From this vantage level, the Aegean stretches to the south and west, to the east is the broad arc of Kadirga Bay, and to the north, an opulent inexperienced valley. When you look straight down from the temple to the seashore, you possibly can discern the marbles of the sunken harbor shimmering greenish-blue beneath the water.

Kaz Dagi, the ancient Mount Ida, which rises to the north of Edremit, was where the world's first beauty contest happened according to one of the many myths and legends related to the mountain. Inland between Assos and Canakkale lie the cities of Ezine, Bayramic, and Ayvacik, where local women from the previously nomadic Yoruk tribes of this region sell kilims.

Other places worth visiting in the province are the town of Lapseki on the northwest mouth of the strait, Biga on the Marmara Sea, Can with its coal mines and ceramics manufacturing facility, Yenice simply east of Can founded by the Kizil Keceli clan, and Bolayir, the place the tombs of Gazi Suleyman Pasa and the poet Namik Kemal are situated.

On the north shore of the strait are Eceabat, website of Kilitbahir Castle, and Gelibolu, famend for its sardines and delightful scenery.
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-- Saraju Sharma - 2021-01-20


Topic revision: r1 - 2021-01-20 - SarajuSharma
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