Wednesday 23 April 2008 by Robyn van Dyk. 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.