Coordinates: 40°22′2″N 26°27′18″E / 40.36722°N 26.455°E
Satellite image of the Gallipoli peninsula and surrounding area
The Gallipoli peninsula (how to say: /ɡəˈlɪpɵli/; Turkish: Gelibolu Yarımadası; Greek: Καλλίπολη) is in Turkish Thrace, the European part of Turkey. To the west there is the Aegean Sea and to the east there are the Dardanelles straits.
After an earthquake in 1354, the Greek city of Gallipoli was abandoned, then occupied by Turks from Anatolia. This made it the first Ottoman position in Europe.
The peninsula was part of the Byzantine Empire. The Ottoman Empire slowly conquered it from 13th century to the 15th century. By the 19th century, thirty thousand people lived in the city: Greeks, Turks, Armenians and Jews.
It was a big military camp for the British and French forces during the Crimean War (1854). It was also a stopping-off point on the way to Constantinople.
In World War I, Gallipoli was the site of the Gallipoli Campaign.
The name is from Greek "Καλλίπολις" (Kallipolis), meaning "Beautiful City". In antiquity, it was called the Thracian Chersonese (Latin: Chersonesus Thracica, Greek: Θρακική Χερσόνησος).
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Map of Thracian Chersonesus.
Landing at Gallipoli in April 1915
The Sphinx overlooking Anzac Cove