Peter H wrote:
Gallipoli viewed from the outskirts. The most noticeable feature is the open air-mosque “Namazgah” dating from early Ottoman times. It is one of the few structures of its kind left in the world. The lighthouse on the headland is out of sight to the left. Beyond the Namazgah is a steep gap in the cliffs leading down to the sea. In the far distance, the group of trees and cemetery nearby resemble what we can see in the photo above this one. Notice the boulders on the shore. Just above is where the French consulate was.
The Ottoman Turks crossed dardanelles on rafts under the command of Süleyman Shah, brother of Sultan Orhan in 1357.
Their departing port was Odun iskelesi near the ruins of Cyzicus. Their destination was fort of Cimpe/Cimni on the peninsula which is only 8 kms to the town of Gallipoli. They made 2 great rafts. On each raft there were 39 men. After they took the castle they prated Allah for their victory on a hill which is now called "Namaz Tepe" Praying Hill. The place where the first Turks prayed is called "Namazgah". The 2nd AC builded over that hill a monument indicating that day.
ATurkish historian Called Sheik Mahmut from Order of Ahi [*] wrote a verse about that action
"Keramet gösterip halka, suya seccade salmışsın
Yakasın Rumeli'nin dest-i takva ile almışsın" 757(1357)
"You showed your miracle by laying a praying rug on water
You conquered the other part the Rumeli with the help of Allah"
source: My late Brother Osman Yavuz Saral "Kaybettiğimiz Rumeli" (The Rumeli That We Lost) p.21
PS: We call the Balkans : Rumeli (Roman lands)
[*]Ahi" is a Turkish brotherhood organization of all craftsmenviewtopic.php?f=80&t=143553&hilit=+suya+seccade