Kilitbahir Castle built by Mehmed II Fatih in 1452

Location of Eceabat within Turkey.

Location of Eceabat

Coordinates: 40°11′N 26°21′E / 40.183°N 26.350°E / 40.183; 26.350
Country  Turkey
Region Marmara
Province Çanakkale
  Mayor Kemal Dokuz (AKP)
  District 468.32 km2 (180.82 sq mi)
Elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2012)[2]
  Urban 5,380
  District 8,993
  District density 19/km2 (50/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 17xxx
Area code(s) 286
Licence plate 17

Eceabat, formerly Maydos (Madytos, Μάδυτος in Ancient greek), is a town and district of Çanakkale Province in the Marmara region of Turkey, located on the eastern shore of the Gelibolu Peninsula, on the Dardanelles Strait. According to the 2010 census, population of the district is 9,154 of which 5,380 live in the town of Eceabat.[3][4] The district covers an area of 468 km2 (181 sq mi),[5] and the town lies at an elevation of 0 m (0 ft).

Eceabat has been used as a departure point for people swimming the Hellespont to Çanakkale on the other side of the Dardanelles Strait.

Eceabat is the nearest town to the World War I Gallipoli Campaign battlefields of 1915, cemeteries and memorials to the more than 120,000 soldiers fallen from Turkey, the United Kingdom, France, Australia and New Zealand. The name Eceabat could be originated from the Arabic military word "Hijabat" which means the most forward command point from the battlefield; this could also explain the change from the original name Madytos.


  1. "Area of regions (including lakes), km²". Regional Statistics Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
  2. "Population of province/district centers and towns/villages by districts - 2012". Address Based Population Registration System (ABPRS) Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. Retrieved 2013-02-27.
  3. Statistical Institute
  4. GeoHive. "Statistical information on Turkey's administrative units". Retrieved 2009-04-20.
  5. Statoids. "Statistical information on districts of Turkey". Retrieved 2009-04-20.


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Coordinates: 40°11′02″N 26°21′23″E / 40.18389°N 26.35639°E / 40.18389; 26.35639

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