strait in northwestern Turkey

The Dardanelles is the narrow strait in northwestern Turkey connecting the Aegean Sea to the Sea of Marmara. It marks the division between Asia to the East, and Europe to the west. As a waterway it is highly significant to all countries in the region. By the Treaty of Lausanne Turkey must allow ships to pass.

The Dardanelles, a long narrow strait dividing the Balkans (Europe) along the Gallipoli peninsula from Asia Minor.

From Ancient Greek times it is also known as the Hellespont.

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