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Enjoy nature and history while running in the lands where the sun goes down last in our country.


Gökçeada Mythology

B.C. The Iliad Epic, which is about the Trojan War, which is assumed to have taken place in the 1200s, was written by Homer in BC. It was written in the 750s. Imbros, whose name is mentioned many times in the epic, is always mentioned as a rock. 

According to Greek Mythology, between the islands of Gökçeada (Imbros) and Samothrace, there is the palace of Thetis, the mother of Achilles, and the stables of Poseidon's winged horses between the islands of Gökçeada and Bozcaada (Tenedos).

According to Homer, the people of Imbros sided with the Trojans during the Trojan war. Lycaon, the Prince of Troy, who was captured by the Greek warrior Achilles and sold as a slave to Lemnos, was saved by Etion, King of Imbros, by paying a large amount of money. The ancient historian Thoukydides says that the people of Imbros were descended from Athenian immigrants and that they spoke the Hellenic language with the Ionic dialect like the Athenians.

It is said that the word "Imaura", which means "Supreme Mother Goddess" in Luwian language, first became Imuros and then Imbros in the mouth of Hellena. Imbros means the god of fertility in the barren lands.

Gökçeada History

There is not much information available about the condition of the island in ancient times. Knowledge began in the Middle Ages. The island remained under the Latin Empire between 1204-1261. Since the Byzantine Empire could not maintain its integrity in the last days, the Genoese Gattilusıo Family tried to establish dominance on this Island, as in the other Aegean Islands. Until then, this family kept the Turks away from the island with political maneuvers since the reign of Murat I.


Gökçeada remained under Ottoman rule until 1460, when Fatih took Istanbul in 1453 and ended the Byzantine Empire. Gökçeada was the scene of some events that took place between Venice and the Ottomans. Although the island was captured by the Venetians in 1466, it was taken back by the Turks a few years later, definitively in 1470. 

Gökçeada witnessed the struggles with the Venetian Navy due to the Cretan War in the middle of the 17th century. The Turkish Navy, which captured the Venetian navy at the Cape of Olive of Lesbos on August 21, 1698, won this war with victory.


During the Balkan Wars, there was a war called the Imroz Sea Battle, off the coast of Kefaloz. Barbaros and Turgut Reis opened the first fire of the war on the battleship Averof on 16 December 1912. The war was over when the Greek Commander stopped the communication and moved towards the Mondros Port.


Gökçeada, where immigrations took place for various reasons, had a very variable population; As a result of the Treaty of Lausanne, it actually joined the territory of the Republic of Turkey on September 22, 1923.


Places to visit

Villages, Beaches, Underwater National Park, Salt Lake, Cape Kaşkaval, Marmaros Waterfall, Mosques, Laundries, İskiter Castle, Rock Tombs, Churches and Monasteries, Yeni Bademli Tumulus

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