Lapseki is 34 km (21 mile) far to Canakkale. Lapseki was founded about 500 BC, one of 4 settlements along the Dardanelles at that time. In ancient times, while the city was under the rule of King Mendrom and named Pityausa, the king, who defended the colonists from Foca from the attacks of the local people, minted coins for the first time in its history in the name of his daughter Lapseke and later the city was given this name by the colonists to express their indebtedness to him. In this way, the name Lampsakos, then Lapseki, was passed down  to the present day.

Occupied at the end of World War I, the town was freed from the British and French forces on 25 September 1922 as a result of the unity and solidarity of the people of Lapseki, toward the end of the War of Independence. In the district are the graves  of 15,000 soldiers who lost their lives during the War of Independence.

Possessing all the natural beauty of the Dardanelles, the primary livelihood of the people in the area is agriculture with fishing and tourism also being important. The most famous fruits of the district are cherries and peaches. First held in 1983, the annual Cherry Festival takes place 2-12 June. A fair is also held in Lapseki on 1-4 September.

There are two kinds of rumour about the name of the city. First one is comes from the daughter of The King Madrom. During the regular migration time in Lapseki ( the was Pityausa in that time), some of the people from local community attempted to  attack on immigrants. While the turmoil, daughter of the King, Lampseke helped to Immıgrants and after they conquered the city, they dedicated her name to the city. The second one is, according to Evliya Celebi, who was a Rover, turkish people were calling the fig as “Lop”And after they builted up a city in here, they called this place as a “Lopseki”.

 

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