This article has been previously published as a part of book Gallipoli Peninsula and the Troad: TAN Travel Guide by Izabela Miszczak
Ecebey Mausoleum (tr. Ecebey Türbesi) is a memorial tomb of the Ottoman statesman and commander Ecebey. It is situated on a hill overlooking the Gallipoli Peninsula, near the village of Karainbeyli. Ecebey became famous as the commander of Ottoman forces that won a foothold on the peninsula in the 14th century.
The village Karainbeyli is considered to be the first Turkish settlement on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Ecebey is revered by the local Turks as their spiritual father. Some say that the name of the city Eceabat derives directly from his name, although there are also other theories in this respect.
Ecebey served under the command of Suleiman Pasha, who is buried in the north of the Gallipoli Peninsula, in Bolayır. Both mausoleums are regularly visited, especially during annual celebrations of the anniversary of the conquest of the peninsula by the Ottoman forces.
During other times of the year, Ecebey Mausoleum is a place rarely visited, located off the beaten tourist trails on the peninsula. Most travellers arrive at Gallipoli Peninsula to see the places associated with events in the history of the 20th century.
Ecebey Mausoleum, renovated in 1989, is worth a visit mainly because of wonderful views that extend from the hill out to the countryside. Unfortunately, getting up the hill is only possible with your own transport, and the road to the summit is winding and rocky.
To access to Ecebey Mausoleum is only possible by car, as there are no public transport options. From the village Karainbeyli, follow white signposts with the inscription "Ecebey Türbesi" to the top of the hill. The road is quite steep and its surface - in bad condition. To get to Karainbeyli from Eceabat, follow the inland road through Bigali and Kumköy villages. The total length of the route from Eceabat is 24 km.