In many of the cities situated along the strait the remains of the ancient foundations still survive, and wide areas on the coast are still untouched or only partially affected by local tourism. Instead,
the most important centers, like Çanakkale or Gallipoli (Gelibolu), underwent a complex stratification due to historical events and the urban growth. So the modern structures progressively absorbed the ancient remains. Nowadays these cities preserved their leading role within the political and economical scene of the modern states as well as their strategic position for the trade between the two continents.