The Sea of Marmara and the North Aegean Travel Guide

The Sea of Marmara and the North Aegean Sights

Chunuk Bair (Çanak Bayırı)

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

Published 07/20/2006

Fodor's Review

The goal of the Allies was to occupy this strategic location overlooking the Gallipoli Peninsula. They failed, and Mustafa Kemal (Atatürk) became a hero and went on to establish the secular republic of Turkey. It was here that he told his soldiers, "I order you not just to fight, but to die." All the men of one of his regiments were wiped out, and he himself was saved miraculously when a bullet hit the pocket watch that was over his heart—a moment commemorated with a huge statue of Atatürk here—but the line held. The hilltop holds Turkish trenches, a cemetery, and the New Zealand national memorial and has good views of the peninsula and the Dardanelles Strait.

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Gelibolu Tarihi Milli Parkı, Eceabat, Çanakkale, Turkey

Published 07/20/2006


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