Hellespont Swim

Mythology of Dardanelles The name Dardanalles comes from Dardanus, mythical ancestor of nearby Troy. It was also called the Hellespont in ancient times. According to ancient writers, in mythology ,the name derives from Hele who fell from the back of the golden-fleeced ram while passing through the strait on the way to Colchis in the Black Sea. Despite unpredictable weather and swift surface currents, the Dardanelles has been a strategic water route and an object of conguest throughout history. Unlike the Bosphorus in İstanbul, there is no bridge today on the Dardanelles. In the 5 BC the Persian king Xerxes built a pantoon bridge which streched from Abydos to Sestos on his war against the Greeks. Hero and Leander In mythology Hero and Leander were lovers. Hero, a priestess of Aphrodite, lived in Sestos, leander lived in abydos, on the other side of the Hellespont (Dardanelles). Every night, guided by a lamp placed by Hero, Leander swam across the strait to be with her. One night a tempest arose, the lamp was extinguished and Leander drawned; when Hero saw her dead lover she commited suicide. The story is the subject of Christopher Marrow’s unfinished poem “Hero and Leander” and Lord Byron’s “The Bride of Abydos”. The winds are high on Helle’s wave As on that night of stormy weather When love, who sent, forgot to save The young the beautiful the brave The lonely hope of Sestos’ daughter Actually this legend inspired Lord Byron to Swim the Hellespont in 1810. To commemorate this crossing he wrote a poem, “Written after swimming from Sestos to Abydos”

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Turkish Lycian Way

The sea here is referred to as the Turquoise Coast and you'll soon see why. We are based in the idyllic and unspoiled coastal town of Kas, the perfect location from which to explore the stunning waters of the Lycian Way.

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Bosphorus Swim

For 26 years, thousands of athletes from around the world and Turkey have been getting together in Istanbul for friendship, to compete, to challenge and discover their limits. The pleasure of making swimming or rowing from Asia to Europe, to experience the exquisite beauties of the Bosphorusl and witnessing the passion of the fans all combine to create this unique event. Samsung Bosphorus Cross-continental Swimming Race is organized under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee under large social and corporate support. Thanks to the increasing interest year by year, this adventure which began with the participation of 4 female and 64 male athletes in 1989, has grown to become an important part of the Turkish sports tradition. Samsung Bosphorus Cross-continental Swimming Race goes beyond a competition and invites you to a festival, a jubilation, to sports and health…

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