Other Points of Interest
This four-pillared monument standing more than 40 metres high honours the defence of Gallipoli by Ottoman forces. It was completed in 1960, and a series of carved bas-relief friezes was added in 2002, depicting the battles for the straits in February and March 1915 and the land campaign which followed. Alongside it is a symbolic cemetery, created in 2007, which provides details of the birthplaces of some of those known to have perished in the fighting.
The French forces at Gallipoli were part of the Corps Expéditionnaire d'Orient, which included French soldiers and African troops from colonial territories such as Algeria and Senegal. They were responsible for the sector on the eastern side of the Helles peninsula at Kereves Dere, around a kilometre to the north. This cemetery is the final resting place of 3,200 of these men, while four ossuaries hold the remains of as many as 12,000. It is located on a hill overlooking Morto Bay, literally 'Death Bay'.
Opened in 2012, this museum and virtual experience centre presents a Turkish account of the 'Legend of Gallipoli'. Headsets are available which provide narration in several languages including English, and exhibits include artefacts and weaponry from the battlefields.