Thursday, October 19, 2017

Gallipoli: Anzac Cove Beach Cemetery, Turkey


This is the final stop at Gallipoli before leaving Turkey from the capital city of Istanbul in Turkey. At the beginning, we didn't know why Australia and New Zealand celebrate Anzac Day with dawn service memorial on April 25th yearly. To understand this historical Anzac Day, our tour guide takes us to Anzac Cove Beach Cemetery at Gallipoli, Turkey.

On 25th April 1915, a force of allied soldiers from the United Kingdom, France, India, Canada, Australian and New Zealand were supposed to storm the flat terrain of Brighton Beach which would lead them into the inland. Their ultimate goal was to capture Gallipoli Peninsular in order to open the Black Sea to Allied Navies.

However, due to poor communication, the troops ended up landing on the wrong beach North of Brighton. The terrain was very steep and became a huge disadvantage to the opponent which was Turkish troops. It became the death place for thousands of allied troops and the war lasted for 8 months only.

The word of Anzac Cove was agreed by Turkish Government as the official name in 1985.

To me, it is very touching moments when I read a beautiful speech by the first Turkish President, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk to the first visitors to Gallipoli from Australia and New Zealand in 1934:


 “Heroes who shed their blood and lost their lives!
You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. 
There is no difference between the Johnnies and Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours.
You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries, wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace.
After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.”


This strong message brings our strong unity ties between our former enemies without feeling anger and hatred. We learn from the mistakes.

Do you feel the same?


Memorial at Anzac Cove with touching message from Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in 1934 at Gallipoli, Turkey
Memorial at Anzac Cove with touching message from Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in 1934 at Gallipoli, Turkey

Lists of the names of Anzac troops who fought and died at Anzac Cove in Gallipoli, Turkey
Lists of the names of Anzac troops who fought and died at Anzac Cove in Gallipoli, Turkey
Anzac and Suvla cementaries are located along the coast road of the Eceabat and Bigali road at Gallipoli, Turkey
Anzac and Suvla cementaries are located along the coast road of the Eceabat and Bigali road at Gallipoli, Turkey

Anzac cementaries along Coast road of Gallipoli in Turkey
Anzac cementaries along Coast road of Gallipoli in Turkey
The Turkish 57th Regiment Memorial at Gallipoli, Turkey
The Turkish 57th Regiment Memorial at Gallipoli, Turkey

Feeling brotherhood ties where Turkish troop saved an injuired Anzac troop can be seen at Anzac Cove in Gallipoli, Turkey
Feeling brotherhood ties where Turkish troop saved an injuired Anzac troop can be seen at Anzac Cove in Gallipoli, Turkey

Monday, September 18, 2017

Canakkale: Troy (Truva) ancient city in Turkey


This is a must to stop over at Canakkale to visit Troy (Truva) wooden horse and the ruins of an ancient city nearby which proved that there had been nine separate periods of settlement (3000 BC - 400 AD).

Troy at side view at Canakkale, Turkey
Troy at side view at Canakkale, Turkey
Front view Troy at Canakkale, Turkey
Front view Troy at Canakkale, Turkey
Inside Troy wooden house at Canakkale, Turkey
Inside Troy wooden house at Canakkale, Turkey
Heading to The East Wall of the ancient city at Canakkale, Turkey
Heading to The East Wall of the ancient city at Canakkale, Turkey
The ramp still remains intact at the ancient city near Troy wooden house in Canakkale, Turkey
The ramp still remains intact at the ancient city near Troy wooden house in Canakkale, Turkey
The remaining of the ancient city near Troy wooden horse statue in Canakkale, Turkey
The remaining of the ancient city near Troy wooden horse statue in Canakkale, Turkey
The ruins of the ancient city nearby Troy wooden horse statue in Canakkale, Turkey
The ruins of the ancient city nearby Troy wooden horse statue in Canakkale, Turkey

 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Bergama: Pergamon (Greek ancient city) in Turkey


Pergamon is a popular tourist destination in Bergama which is located near to Aegean Sea in Turkey. Pergamon was an ancient Greek city which became the capital of the Kingdom of Pergamon during Hellenistic period under Attalid dynasty (281-133 BC). During Hellenistic period, Pergamon was well-known as a major learning centre and developed city in the ancient world. 

Pergamon site is located on the top of the mountain in Aegean region. To get to Pergamon archoelogical site, you can only access by getting on and off the cable car ride. We actually join the seven days ground tour which takes us to all popular attraction in Istanbul and also outside of Istanbul city. Public transportation is impossible to reach there as it is located very far from the nearby city in Bergama. Once you reach to the top of mountain, you will find many remaining sites of monumental temples, theatres, gymnasium, altar and library on the sloping terrain and surrounded by the city wall of Pergamon.

Heading to the archaelogical ruins from the ancient Roman city of Pergamon by cable car in Turkey
Heading to the archaelogical ruins from the ancient Roman city of Pergamon by cable car in Turkey
Welcome to Bergama or also known as Pergamon, the ancient Roman city in Turkey
Welcome to Bergama or also known as Pergamon, the ancient Roman city in Turkey
Pergamon was cited in the book of Revelation as one of the seven churches of Asia
Pergamon was cited in the book of Revelation as one of the seven churches of Asia
Pergamon was one of the modern city of Bergama that became the capital of Kingdom of Pergamon during Hellenistic Period in Turkey
Pergamon was one of the modern city of Bergama that became the capital of Kingdom of Pergamon during Hellenistic Period in Turkey
The remains of royal palaces in Pergamon, Turkey
The remains of royal palaces in Pergamon, Turkey
The Temple of Trojan at Pergamon in Turkey
The Temple of Trojan at Pergamon in TurkeyAdd caption
It could be a theatre during the ancient Roman city of Pergamon in Turkey
It could be a theatre during the ancient Roman city of Pergamon in Turkey
The remains of archaelogical ruins from the ancient Roman city of Pergamon
The remains of archaelogical ruins from the ancient Roman city of Pergamon
Some of the elements remaining at Pergamon city in Turkey
Some of the elements remaining at Pergamon city in Turkey