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It is known that the first settlement had started 6 thousand years ago in Canakkale city which had been established on the narrowest section of Gallipoli Strait. The story of Troy, established about BC 3 thousand in ancient time is mentioned in Ilyada and Odysseia of Homeros legends. It is understood that the city is not just a mythologic city and existed throughout the history due to the finding of the residuals of Ancient City of Troy constructed for nine times until present. You are invited to go to Tevfikiye Village to see the residuals of ancient city which ranks on UNESCO World Heritage List since 1998. The most famous work in the city is surely magnificent Trojan Horse built by being inspired of the legend.
Gallipoli Strait and coasts, where the one of the most important maritime wars during 1st World War happened, are full of many places to stop by to commemorate those days. You must visit Canakkale Martyrs' Memorial and 57th Regiment Memorial to commemorate the martyrs who bequeath the words “Canakkale is Impassable”. Kilitbahar Castle, Namazgah, Lone Pine Cemetery, Chunuk Bair and Seddulbahir Castle are other places that you must see in Gallipoli Peninsula during your Canakkale visit. Moreover, you can also join in the ceremony where the soldiers of Australia and New Zealand battled if you go to Anzak Cove on 25th April.
The worth seeing places in Canakkale, which possesses a quite old history, are countless. You must definitely visit Cimenlik Castle, which was built by Mehmet The Conqueror and protects almost its original and Canakkale Naval Museum besides Canakkale Archeologic Museum where the works extracted from the excavations from ancient cities are exhibited. Moreover, do not forget to stop by Aynali Bazaar, the most famous grand bazaar of Canakkale. You can do shopping in Aynali Bazaar and buy some souvenirs for your beloved ones. Like Izmir, Canakkale also water front. Remember to visit famous Canakkale Clock Tower dating back to Abdulhamid II after passing some time at the busiest spot of the city.
Canakkale, as a natural result of geographic position, shelters many beaches that you can swim. Bozcaada, Gokceada and Gallipoli are the places where the sea tourism is the most common tourism. Kabatepe Beach, Aydincik Coast, Dardanos Beach, Habbele Beach, Komur Pier, Guzelyali Beach, Gizli Liman Beach, Kum Island and Zargana Beach are the most appreciated beaches of Canakkale by the visitors. In Canakkale, you can easily find accommodation options suitable to any kind of budget. You have many options to choose from classic city type properties to holiday resorts where you can stay with all-inclusive packages besides lovely boutique hotels and apart hotels where you can stay for affordable prices.
Canakkale is a quite rich city in terms of delicious flavors that you can taste when swimming makes you hungry. Ovmac soup, scorpionfish soup and spinach soup are the most well-known soups of the region. You must also try black-eyed pea meatball and tumbi (stuffed meatballs) made of eggplant, tomato and parsley. If you like fish, then you can try papaz stew meat and sardine with salt are other delicious foods that you can try in Canakkale.
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