Çanakkale Martyrs Memorial

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Çanakkale Martyrs Memorial was completed on 15th March 1958 and officially opened on 21st August 1960. This is the main war memorial commemorating the service of the Turkish Army in the Battle of Gallipoli. The monument consists of four square columns and the structure is topped with a concrete block measuring 25m x 25m.

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In Turkish the monument is called Çanakkale Şehitleri Anıtı and it was designed by architects Doğan Erginbaş, Ismail Utkular and civil engineer Ertuğrul Barla. There is a cemetery nearby to the north of the memorial which holds the graves of 600 Turkish soldiers. The monument can be seen easily by ships passing through the Dardenelles.

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A large wall depicts the sacrifice given by the Turkish Army in defence of Çanakkale. You can download the complete image by clicking here

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There is an inscription with verses from the Turkish National Anthem by Mehmet Akif Ersoy which follows:

Do not ignore the ground on which you have walked,
It is not ordinary soil.
Reflect on the thousands of people, who lie beneath
Without a shroud.
You are the son of a martyr –
Do not hurt your ancestor,
Do not give away this beautiful motherland,
Even if you have the whole world.

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Statue of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk with his troops

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Graves of Turkish Soldiers

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The mummified head of a Turkish soldier which was returned to Turkey after being returned by the family of an Australian war veteran.

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The main Turkish Memorial and its gardens overlooking the Dardanelles is a peaceful and serene resting place for the fallen soldiers.

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