Canakkale the home of the new pier built in Kepez district with bulk, general, passenger, Ro-Ro, warehouse and open storage facilities. It is the nearest passenger terminal to Troy for cruise ships.
Canakkale has a nice archaeological museum with many objects distributed in 5 different halls; Canakkale ceramics from 17th century to 20th centuries showing the city being one of the most important cities of ceramic production during Ottoman Empire, chest of drawers of 19th century used in the oldest mansions of Canakkale indicating the best samples of wooden workmanship of the era, tomb steles from Kyzikos in Mysia and ancient towns of Troas region, many findings from Troy, arts discovered in Can and Yenice tumulus dating from Hellenistic period, findings from the ruins of Dardanos tumulus from 6th and 2nd centuries BC, and sculptural and architectural findings from Assos (Behramkale) and Gulpinar (Apollon Smintheion Holy Area).
Canakkale – A city with many Wars
The province has witnessed two very important battles in history. One of them is the mythological Trojan War, which Homer immortalized in his Iliad. Archaeological digs in Troy (Truva) have proved that there had been nine separate periods of settlement (3000 BC – 400 AD). Here, one can see the ruins of city walls in addition to the Wooden Horse of Troy. The other one is the Battle of Canakkale which took place during World War I when Turkish troops under the command of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk maintained the defense of the region against enemy forces and Canakkale has taken its place in history as “Canakkale; unpassable”. To honor the 500,000 soldiers who gave their lives or wounded at Gelibolu (Gallipoli), this peninsula has been made a National Park of remembrance. There are memorial monuments here in the surroundings of natural beauty.
The small village of Behramkale is a lovely place, facing the Gulf of Edremit. It is founded on the site of Assos where there is the famous Temple of Athena built in the 6th century BC. The panoramic view of the Gulf from the top of the acropolis is breathtaking and the remains of Assos, surrounding the acropolis are worth visiting.
Dardanos tumulus is about 11 km (7 miles) from Canakkale near the Kalabakli stream in the Maltepe district. Findings date back to the Archaic periods between the 7th and 6th centuries BC and to the Roman period around 11 AD.
Gökceada, the largest of the Turkish islands, and Bozcaada are also in this region. There are many camping facilities and small hotels, seafood restaurants on the islands. Ferries to Gokceada depart from Kabatepe on the European side, and to Bozcaada, they depart from Geyikli pier on the Asian side.
Other less known but interesting ancient sites around Canakkale are; Hamaxitos, Alexandria Troas, Neandria, Sankrea, Dardanos Tumulus, Abydos, Sestos, Gargara, and Lamponia.
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