I’m Catherine Yiğit, a writer who lives in northwestern Turkey near the mythical city of Troy. I was born, bred and buttered in Dublin, Ireland and having circumnavigated the globe I arrived in Turkey in 2001. You can learn more at catherineyigit.com.

The Skaian Gate is the south gate of Troy sometimes called the Dardanian Gate. It’s mentioned in the Iliad as being the gate from which Priam watched the Trojan War. Turns out that this area is full of the footprints of people who have crossed the Dardanelles. Some did it in style – Xerxes the Persian king built a bridge of boats, watching from a marble throne as it was constructed – some never crossed back – Alexander the Great never returned from his war against Persia – and some paid only a brief visit – Lord Byron, St Paul. Witnessing wars three thousand years apart Gallipolli and Troy are linked by an array of hidden footprints…

The Skaian Gate by Catherine Yiğit