Hello folk I am back with Canakkale travel guide, Turkey for 2020. In this Artical I am going to tell you what to do? what to visit? while you are in Canakkale, Turkey. So lets pack your bag and explore Canakkale the city of Troy ruins. first let me tell you a bit about Canakkale so you can have an idea in what kind of land you are landing in.
Çanakkale is a city in northwestern Turkey in the Marmara region, on the Dardanelles Strait. It’s a gateway to the Gallipoli WWI battlefields, north of the narrow strait. On the grounds of the 15th-century Çimenlik Castle, Çanakkale Naval Museum Command contains historical artillery. The archaeological site at Troy, including an ancient theater, is southwest of the city.
Çanakkale Archaeological Museum, in the south of the city, contains headstones, tablets and other artifacts uncovered at the many archaeological sites in the region. Near the waterfront, the Çanakkale City Museum and Archive focuses on local cultural life during and since Ottoman times. The nearby 5-story clock tower anchors the central neighborhood of cobblestoned streets. Along the waterfront, a modern wooden Trojan Horse, from the 2004 movie “Troy,” commemorates the area’s mythological history.
What to visit?
- Troy Ruins
- Trojan horse
- Kilitbahir Castle
- city centre
Troy Ruins :
Troy ruins is an archaeological Site of Troy has 4,000 years of history. Its extensive remains are the most significant and substantial evidence of the first contact between the civilisations of Anatolia and the burgeoning Mediterranean world. Excavations started more than a century ago have established a chronology that is fundamental to the understanding of this seminal period of the Old World and its cultural development. Moreover, the siege of Troy by Mycenaean warriors from Greece in the 13th century B.C., immortalised by Homer in The Iliad, has inspired great artists throughout the world ever since
Turkey tour guide can’t be complete with out seeing Troy. From Canakkale, there are many day trips. You can walk into a local travel agency or check online. I decided to see the Troy ruins – the legendary city of Troy, which became the subject of many a tale! One can hire a taxi for a return journey or one can take a bus to Troy. The troy ruins are enormous and very well kept. There’s a ramp running across the ruins to walk through history, and every structure is explained in detail.
Hence I didn’t need to guide or an audio guide. Here also a replica of a Trojan horse is kept at the entrance, and I could climb inside the horse and click pics!
A souvenir shop awaits you but with nothing much to offer. The same stuff is available in Canakkale at a lesser price. I would highly recommend other day trips from Cannakale if you have the time. Canakkale is a city to unwind.
While I was in the ferry the one thing that I saw of Canakkale was a vast Trojan horse and as the ship came closer to land, the Trojan horse stood majestically overlooking the town. This wooden horse is the horse from the film Troy and was gifted to the city of Canakkale once the movie got released.
The Trojan Horse is a part of an ancient story from the Trojan War about the subterfuge that the Greeks used to enter the independent city of Troy and win the war. In the canonical version, after a fruitless 10-year siege, the Greeks constructed a huge wooden horse and hid a select force of men inside, including Odysseus.
The Greeks pretended to sail away, and the Trojans pulled the horse into their city as a victory trophy. That night the Greek force crept out of the horse and opened the gates for the rest of the Greek army, which had sailed back under cover of night. The Greeks entered and destroyed the city of Troy, ending the war.
Kilitbahir Castle is a fortress on the west side of the Dardanelles, opposite the city of Çanakkale, where there is a corresponding fortress, from which Çanakkale takes its name. The two castles were constructed by Fatih Sultan Mehmet in 1463 to control the straits at their narrowest point. Kilitbahir’s name, meaning “lock of the sea”, reflects this defensive purpose. Don’t forget to include it in your Canakkale travel guide of 2020.
Çanakkale travel guide, Seacoast:
Canakkale is a quaint little town and a must-visit for travellers like me who enjoy being away from big cities. Canakkale has beautiful seaside many eateries and cafes are facing the sea. Which make this place amazing evening point. One can tale a long walk seaside or can sit in a cafe to enjoy the evening breeze.
Çanakkale travel guide, City centre:
Everything is Cannakale is five minutes walk. So when you arrive in the city, just look around or check your google map. You can save money by walking to your hotel as it may be a 5-minute walk. Don’t be in a hurry to take a cab. The view and food are highly recommended.
Have some great food and enjoy a superb view. People are friendly and helpful. I ate some excellent Turkish food courtesy; the chef went out of his way to serve me some delicacies which were not on the menu! Many many eateries and cafes are facing the river. They serve all kinds of food, but their speciality is fresh seafood. The view and food are highly recommended.
How to reach?
From Istanbul bus station I left for Canakkale. Various companies offer bus services. Tickets can be bought online or can be purchased at the bus station on the same day. The buses are punctual, comfortable and total value for money. The bus ride from Istanbul to Canakkale is very comfortable. The bus stops at 2-3 places on the way where you can have food or use the washroom. After a 4 hour ride, the bus got into a large waiting ferry. The ferry ride was 15 mins, and then the bus drove out of the boat, and I had reached my destination.
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