Gallipoli Peninsula Historical National Park


Location: East Thrace Map

Open: 8am- 5pm daily winter

9am- 6pm daily summer


Kabatepe Information Centre

Tel. (0286) 814 11 28

Open: 8:30am- 6pm daily


Mehmetcik Memorial

Open: 9am- 6pm daily


Gallipoli Campaign

Gallipoli Peninsula Historical National Park is a protected area in East Thrace of Turkey. Gallipoli Peninsula became famous during World War I as a site for bloody battle between Ottoman Turkish army and joint armies of the British commonwealth. Thousands of troops died here in futile attacks against entrenched machine gun nests.
Gallipoli Campaign was fought for over 8 months between 25 April 1915 and 9 January 1916. French and forces of the British commonwealth (United Kingdom, India, New Zealand and others) faced the armies of the Ottoman Empire that allied with the Germany and Austria during World War I. Gallipoli peninsula was a strategic location along a Dardanelles Strait that linked Mediterranean Sea with a Sea of Marmora. Blocking this strait would deal a serious blow to the enemy in the South East Europe. On one hand resources could be shipped to Russian Empire, on the other hand it could easily knock out one of major players from the war. First troops landed on the shores of Gallipoli in spring 1915. Members of Entente failed to break the line and reached a stalemate along a frontier. Eventually 8 months they were forced to retreat from the peninsula.