Seddülbahir, Eceabat – Çanakkale – Turkey

Karanfilburnu Lighthouse
GPS : 40°06’23.1″N 26°19’41.1″E / 40.106405, 26.328078
Focal Plane : 14 m, Tower Height : 10 m
Character : R.Gp.Fl (2) 12.0 Second, Flashing Character : 1.0 + 2.0 + 1.0 + 8.0
Visibility Range : 10 nautical miles

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GPS : 40°02’39.2″N 26°10’28.3″E / 40.044218, 26.174520
Focal Plane : 50 m (164 ft), Tower Height : 25 m (82 ft)
Character : W. R. FI. 5.0 Second, Flashing Character : 0.5 + 4.5
Visibility Range : 19 nautical miles

GPS : 40°02’29.8″N 26°11’28.5″E / 40.041612, 26.191246

VHF Channel : 16
Call Sign : ” seddulbahir harbour ”
Seddülbahir, meaning “Key of the Sea” is a village at Cape Helles on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey. The village lies east of the cape, on the shore of the Dardanelles.


Capacity : 50 boats

Main Breakwater : 87 m

Harbour Facilities
Drinking Water
Fuel Station
Net Repairing Area
Fish Market

Administration : Seddülbahir Village Headman

Shopping : Shops, Stores, Markets
Repairing & Maintenance Workshops (Eceabat)
Technical Equipment Shops (Eceabat)
Accommodation : Pensions, Hotels, Motels, Apart Hotels, Rent Houses
Dining : Restaurants, Cafes, Buffets, Bakeries, Fish Restaurants
Health : Health Centers
Hair dresser
Communication : Post Office, Phone, Internet

It was the site of V Beach, the landing zone for two Irish battalions, including one from the SS River Clyde, on 25 April 1915 during the Battle of Gallipoli. At the tip of the Seddülbahir promontory is the castle, Seddülbahir Kale, also known as Eski Kale “Old Castle” which was built in 1659. The British designated the castle “Fort No. 3” (at the other end of V Beach was “Fort No. 1″, also known as Fort Ertuğrul) and it was equipped with 10 artillery pieces, including two 28 cm Krupp L/22 guns. The castle was bombarded by the Royal Navy on 3 November 1914 causing serious damage and killing 86 Turkish soldiers.

The British attacked the Turkish forts on 19 February 1915 at the start of the naval operations in the Dardanelles Campaign. Seddülbahir was subjected to repeated bombardment and raids by naval demolition teams and the position was deemed too exposed. By the peak of naval operations on 18 March, Seddülbahir and Kum Kale, across the straits, had been eliminated as threats.

The Gallipoli campaign took place at Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey from 25 April 1915 to 9 January 1916, during the First World War. A joint British and French operation was mounted to capture the Ottoman capital of Istanbul, and secure a sea route to Russia. The attempt failed, with heavy casualties on both sides.

In Turkey, the campaign is known as the Çanakkale Savaşları (Çanakkale Wars), after the province of Çanakkale. In the United Kingdom, it is called the Dardanelles Campaign or Gallipoli. In France it is called Les Dardanelles. In Australia, New Zealand and Newfoundland, it is known as the Gallipoli Campaign or simply as Gallipoli. It is also known as the Battle of Gallipoli.

The Gallipoli campaign resonated profoundly among all nations involved. In Turkey, the battle is perceived as a defining moment in the history of the Turkish people-a final surge in the defence of the motherland as the centuries-old Ottoman Empire was crumbling. The struggle laid the grounds for the Turkish War of Independence and the foundation of the Turkish Republic eight years later under Atatürk, himself a commander at Gallipoli.

The campaign was the first major battle undertaken by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), and is often considered to mark the birth of national consciousness in both of these countries. As Anzac Day, the 25th April remains the most significant commemoration of military casualties and veterans in Australia and New Zealand, surpassing Armistice Day/Remembrance Day.

The Çanakkale Martyrs’ Memorial is a war memorial commemorating the service of about 253,000 Turkish soldiers who participated at the Battle of Gallipoli, which took place from April 1915 to December 1915 during the First World War. It is located within the Gallipoli Peninsula Historical National Park on Hisarlık Hill in Morto Bay at the southern end of the Gallipoli peninsula in Çanakkale Province, Turkey.

For the erection of a memorial in Gallipoli, an architectural contest was opened in 1944. Construction of the monument was decided in 1952, and the ground stone was laid on 19 April 1954. The main structure was completed on 15 March 1958 and the memorial was officially opened on 21 August 1960.

The 41.70 m (137 ft) high monument is in the form of four square columns 7.5 m (25 ft) wide with 10 m (33 ft) space between each other, topped by a concrete slab of 25 by 25 m (82 by 82 ft). The huge structure is well visible during passage through the Dardanelles. The museum underneath the monument was opened later and the bas-reliefs on the columns were completed afterwards. Situated to the north of the memorial, a war cemetery holding the remains of 600 Turkish soldiers was established in 1992.

Posted at the site, an inscription with a poem by Mehmet Akif Ersoy (1873-1936), who also wrote the words of the Turkish national anthem, reminds the visitors:

Do not ignore the ground on which you have walked,
It is not ordinary soil.
Reflect on the thousands of people, who lie beneath
Without a shroud.
You are the son of a martyr
Do not hurt your ancestor,
Do not give away this beautiful motherland,
Even if you have the whole world.

Inside the museum, beneath the memorial, further information and historical artifacts illustrate the magnitude of the Battle of Gallipoli, against the Allied powers: British, French, and Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC). Original personal and military items, such as cutlery, a set of false teeth, dress buttons, belt buckles, sniper shields, and photographs found on the battlefield, are on display in the museum.

A monument commemorating the soldiers and officers of the famous 57th Regiment of the 19th Division, who all were killed in action, was opened in 1992. It is a three-story tower with a relief inscription of Staff Lieutenant-Colonel Mustafa Kemal’s famous command to his soldiers who ran out of ammunition and had nothing left but bayonets, on the morning of 25 April 1915 to meet the ANZACs on the slopes leading up from the beach to the heights of Conkbayırı : ” I do not order you to attack, I order you to die. ” As a sign of respect, there is no 57th Regiment in the modern Turkish army.

Fish Restaurants are very famous with their fishes, cooking and services. Fishes available due to seasons.


Seddülbahir – Eceabat 33 km, Çanakkale 35 km
Bus : Seddülbahir – Eceabat
Ferryboat : Eceabat – Çanakkale
Airport : Gökçeada Airport, Çanakkale Airport, Balıkesir Körfez Airport, Balıkesir Central Airport, İzmir Adnan Menderes International Airport, Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, Atatürk International Airport

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