Saturday, March 17, 2012

Historical places in a day

Sorry for the delay in posting :/
So, some of you may have seen Dad's Facebook post a while back about
getting to as many historical sites as we could in a day, grand total 6. We probably
could have got some more in if we had stopped in Gellibolu, but that's close
enough to home we can go there whenever we want. These are some pictures from
the field trip.

#1 Ruined castle outside Eacebat

Sam in the window
Daisies :)
#2 The Gallipoli war museum 3 stars
Didn't take many pictures someone may have taken a picture of the Jandarma man sleeping in his truck, but that's another post.
Anyway the place was just about empty when we got there except for some Jandarma wandering around. It filled up a bit more in a few minutes but there wasn't a whole lot to see.
#3 The Kilitbahir Fortress 5 stars
We weren't allowed inside the castle because it was being restored but we wandered the outside courtyards which were fascinating enough.
Didn't quite understand these arches under the walls, drains maybe? Or something else?
The view from where we parked back towards the keep, it was huge.
I liked these tiers.
Outside the keep (Turks have their flags everywhere in their yards, in their windows, in their businesses,)
#4 Kilitbahir Fortifications
And now I know why the allies couldn't get their ships up the straight in the First World War. This is when it went from exploring to face palm over the idiocy of the commanders who sat at home eating bonbons and sent their men into a death trap.
What does this make you think of?
Nicole said Hobbitton.
Well actually this was the place for guns at the narrowest part of the Straight. See the v between the two mounds? Ya, a place for a huge gun. If both sides are the same there were 13 guns here in WWI the allied ships didn't stand a chance especially when you take into account the probable matching set across the straight in Cannakale. That's 26 guns covering a straight less than 1500 metres across. Scary.
Another view of the mounds from across the way at the old castle. Dad says the reason the mounds are sloped like they are is to make shells bounce up and over the base so that unless you actually get one right inside you can't do any damage.
A raised map of the old fortress and the newer fortifications
#5 Soganlidere Sehitligi Memorial
No these don't have the names of people they're the names of cities and towns; Istanbul Ankara, Tekirdag, etc.
Most of the stones you can see are lining graves we think.
#6 Behramli Koyu Tarilte Saygi
I wrote the name in a hurry as we were driving away so it may not be exactly right. However this is the sight of a hospital.
Turkish bayonets
British Bayonets
French Bayonets
Sure they look more 12 century than 20th but still wouldn't want to be on the receiving end.
Spades for digging up entrenchments. Let's just say I don't envy the soldiers who had to use these. Like emptying the sea with a test tube, as Sam said.
So that's that, we were all pretty exhausted by number 6 so we headed home for supper. Got home around 6:30. So 6 places in 8ish hours.
Oddly enough no one wanted to go to the Kesan market next day. :)


  1. In addition to all the guns, the dardanelle strait was mined at night. As I recall, there were British warshps lost to mines as well as the guns. The minelayer that mined the strait has been restored and is at a different harbor (Mersin?) as a museum piece.

  2. Wow. That sounds and looks quite interesting. And I agree with Deanna, it is quite pretty :)