Lonely Planet Writer

Thousands flock to Turkey for Gallipoli centenary

Gallipoli peninsula.
Gallipoli peninsula. Image by Jorge Láscar / CC BY 2.0

Families of fallen victims, diplomats, historians and tourists landed in Turkey this week to kick off a series of events to commemorate the centenary of the ill-fated Gallipoli landing of 1915. The commemoration started with a peace summit in Istanbul, discussing World War I and its impact on world history. Gallipoli has become a site of pilgrimage for thousands of Australians, New Zealanders and Turkish people to honour their country’s fallen soldiers in what was one of the bloodiest battles of WWI. This year’s centenary is expected to see the largest ever commemoration on the Gallipoli peninsula, part of which is now the Gallipoli Historical National Park and home to dozens of war cemeteries. Read more: todayszaman.com