Wednesday 23 April 2008 by robvan. 1 comment
News, Battlefield Tours, Gallipoli

On the journey from Istanbul to the Dardanelles the Battlefield tour noticed this striking memorial on the slopes of the Kilitbahir Plateau. In English it translates to:

Stop passerby

The ground you tread on, unawares,

Once witnessed the end of a generation.

Listen in this quiet earth

Beats the heart of a nation.

Stop Passerby!


Jessie Webb

That reminds me very much of the Greek monument at Thermopylae from ancient times, which reads something like: "Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, that here, obedient to their laws, we lie". There's something very poignant in the idea of a message to the heedless passer-by from the dead of battles past.