Kilitbahir Fortress and A Quick Trip to Asia

On our way to catch the Eceabat ferry across the Dardanelles, we came across this:

It’s the Kilitbahir Fortress. Sultan Mehmet II built it, along with a sister fortress on the opposite shore, in 1463 to protect the Dardanelles from the pesky Venetians.

In 1894 the Ottomans added a rampart across the road, right next to the water. It’s called the Namazgah Tabyasi and is made up of concrete bunkers covered with earth. Like Kilitbahir, its purpose is to prevent foreign navies from entering the straits.

Scout, who was burned out on impromptu historical stops, refused to go in. The kid’s a good sport most of the time, so I gave her a pass and let her stay in the camper with Archie and her Kindle. Mark and I strolled around the grounds and spent about half an hour inside the small museum, which featured rusty detritus from the Gallipoli land invasion: bullets, cutlery, canteens, and more. Later we had Scout poke her head in (just the museum, not the grounds), but she wasn’t amused and I don’t know why we even bothered. Poor kid. She just wanted to read her book.

Here are a few photos from the ferry trip from Eceabat to Çanakkale, our first with the rig. I’d been fretting about having to drive such a big vehicle onto the ferry, but when we got to the dock we saw buses and 18-wheelers pouring off the just-arrived ferry, so no bigs.

Driving along the Gallipoli coast


Driving onto the ferry


That’s us in front of the bus.


Leaving Eceabat


Gazing at Asia


Arriving in Çanakkale



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