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Gelibolu (Gallipoli)

Gelibolu’s Saroz Gulf coasts which continues at the point where the Dardanelles starts are completely made of clean beaches. Kavak water course born from Koru Mountain is only life source watering this area. It is not certain that when antique city which is eponym for city and peninsula firstly was found and who found it and it is known that it is Gallipolis which is established on the current town district. The name ‘’Gallipolis’’ was started to use as ‘’Gelibolu’’ after Gazi Süleyman Pasa had conquered this region in 1354.

Peninsula’s name known as Khorsonesos at antique age was turned into Gelibolu Peninsula day by day.Gelibolu functioning as an unequaled bridge for Turkish people who wants to cross to Europe became Ottoman Empires’ naval base, a shipyard was built there, so it became Ottoman’s door opened to Europe. Gelibolu which became city in 1923, positioned a town canter linked to Çanakkale in 1923.Gallipoli wars the most bloody front of World War I existed next to Gelibolu.Gelibolu is a part of country where thousands of French soldiers before crimeon war and Russian Wrangel Army’s soldiers escaping from their country after Bolshevik commotion were hosted. 

Products which were produced at conserve factory in the town became famous in Europe.Future of Gelibolu at junction point with sea and depends on the tourism.

Historic National Park Of Gelibolu Peninsula

Historic National Park of Gelibolu Peninsula is in the borders of Eceabat even though it is named Gelibolu.It is a huge park in the southern tip of the Gallipoli Peninsula, covering almost all of Eceabat district, was established in 1973 and 33 hectares on the European side of the Dardanelles. It takes part in the United Nations list of national parks and protected areas.Besides sunken ships, artillery, trenches, consisting of hundreds of castles, towers and other debris, there is graveyard which hosts 310.000 soldier 60.000 of which are Turkish soldiers. Battlefields, war graves, monuments and remnants of war were registered as cultural heritage.We should see Eceabat as starting point in order to wander around in best way.

Turkish Works In Gelibolu

There are a lot of architectural pieces in Gelibolu which belong Ottoman period.Besides Turkish baths, there are also many graves.Ulu Mosque,Gazi Süleyman Paşa Mosque,Çimpe Castle,Baruthane,İç Liman,Fransız Mezarlığı,Azepler Namazgahı,Yazıcızade Bath,Saruca Paşa Bath,Sofuca Halil masjid,Ahmed-i Bican shrine, Kasapoğlu Bath,grave of Namık Kemal,Sinan paşa shrine,Emir Ali Baba shrine,Bayraklı Baba, Çilehane, grave of Kalafat Mehmet Paşa,Hallacı Mansur shrine and The world’s biggest mevlevihane are still existing in Gelibolu.

Gelibolu Shipyard And Piri Reis Museum

Gelibolu Castle, whose remainings can be seen on coastline,was constructed in 711 in order to protect Gelibolu from Arabians.After it was repaired during Ottoman period.It hosts Piri Reis museum.There are paintings and maps which belong to Piri Reis who is known to be born in Gelibolu.

Namazgah Of Azaplar

It was constructed by Hacı Paşaoğlu İskender Bey in 1407.It is thought that soldiers were praying here before war.

Gelibolu Mevlevihane

It was reconstructed by Sultan II. Abdülhamid between 1899-1900.During Greek occupation it was used as ammunition and was damaged.It resembles Galata Mevlevihane in terms of architecture.It hosts Mevlevi ceremonies as it is the biggest Mevlevihane in the world.

Ulu Mosque: It was constructed by Sultan Murad Hüdavendigar in 1385.

Kasaboğlu Ali Bey Bath: It is a small construction which belongs to II. Murad period.

Saruca Paşa Bath: It also belongs to II. Murad period.

Gelibolu Shrines

Gelibolu deserves the title ‘’ City of shrines’’ as it has many shrines in it.Moreover, some of these shrines belongs to sailors.Most famous ones of these shrines are Bolayır Gazi Süleyman Paşa Shrine, Hallac-ı Mansur Shrine, Kaptan-ı Derya Saruca Pasa Monument, Sinan Paşa shrine, Kalender Baba shrine, Bayraklı baba monument, Çilehane, Ece Bey Shrine and Karainebeyli village, Kalafat Mehmet Pasa’s grave, Kaptan-ı Derya Emir Ali Baba monument, Kaptan-ı Derya Hüsamettin Pasa’s grave, Kaptan-ı Derya Güzelce Kasım Pasa’s grave, Hüseyin Becce Gazi’s grave, Alaettin Kalfa Shrine, Hocahamza Shrine, French Graveyard and Namık Kemal’s grave.

Coastal Tourism

Gelibolu, in recent years, is a favourite place for not only who wants a peaceful holiday but also for people who have hobbies like windsurfing and diving.Bakırkoy, Saroz Gulf, Kömür Seaport, Hazma Koy are some of these places.

 Culinary Culture

 Gelibolu is famous for its seafoods. Sardine is on the top of the list. Cheese halva, Gelibolu lokum, Mevlevi dessert, milk tarhana, bagel delight, chicken pasty and fish soup are meals that you are most likely to come across.