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By far one of the top things to do while in town is visit Troy. The discovery of ancient Troy (the city thought to be the site of the Homeric legend of the Trojan Wars) was mostly thanks to amateur German archaeologist and treasure hunter Heinrich Schliemann, who began digging here in 1871.
Çanakkale's Military Museum sits in a park facing the Gallipoli Peninsula across the Dardanelles Strait, where World War I's Allied attack on Turkish forces played out. The park is scattered with old military equipment, and the Ottoman building inside the park has interesting exhibits explaining the Gallipoli campaign. A visit here is a good opportunity to further understand the battle that took place here from the Turkish perspective. The panoramic views over the water from the park are another reason to come here.
Film-buff alert: Çanakkale's waterfront is home to the wooden Trojan horse model used in the 2004 Wolfgang Petersen movie Troy. Nearly every tourist in town stops here to snap a photo of this old movie prop, which once rubbed shoulders with Brad Pitt. If you're also interested in the history of Troy and are heading that way, at the base of the horse is an informative model of the site, which can help with understanding the scale of the ruins and planning and organizing your trip.
The pretty fishing harbor of Kilitbahir is dominated by this impressive fortress, which like Çimenlik Castle in Çanakkale, was built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452. Süleyman the Magnificent added the sturdy interior tower in the 16th century. As long as you have a head for heights, climbing up to the top of the ramparts here is great fun and provides commanding views across the Dardanelles back to Çanakkale. The ferry here from Çanakkale dock leaves throughout the day when full.
For most visitors to the Gallipoli Peninsula (both Turkish and foreign), a trip here is a pilgrimage and a remembrance of the horror of war. In World War I, Allied forces (British, Australian, New Zealand, Indian, and French troops) landed here on 25 April, 1915 to launch an attack on the Ottoman Empire (fighting on Germany's side). The brutal nine-month campaign, which the Turks finally won under the brilliant strategic command of army officer Mustafa Kemal (later to become Atatürk, founder of modern Turkey) resulted in 130,000 dead and more than half a million casualties, and today the pine-covered hills are scattered with sobering memorials.