Erdoğan opens center to promote Gallipoli Battle

Erdoğan opens center to promote Gallipoli Battle

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan arrives in Republic Square in Çanakkale to attend the combined inauguration ceremony for a number of facilities on June 7. (Photo: Today's Zaman)

June 07, 2012, Thursday/ 16:19:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

The prime minister traveled to the northwestern province of Çanakkale on Thursday to attend the inauguration ceremony for a new center to commemorate the historic battle of Gallipoli.

The battle was fought on land and sea at Gallipoli (Çanakkale in Turkish) during World War I. The British and French were trying to take control of İstanbul as well as the Turkish straits to secure access to Russia. However, they were unsuccessful in their efforts and the campaign ended with heavy casualties on both sides.

The center, situated in the Gallipoli Historic National Park, was opened on Thursday afternoon in a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, his wife, Emine, and Forestry and Waterworks Minister Veysel Eroğlu. It will open to visitors on June 9. The center has 11 high-tech rooms that provide descriptions of the battle in eight languages. Erdoğan delivered a speech before inaugurating the center, and said the center cost around TL 80 million to the state. He extended his thanks to everyone who worked for the construction and inauguration of the center.

In the 11 rooms, visitors will be provided chronological information about the historic battle. Each room is equipped with giant screens, and visitors will watch the films with 3D glasses. The center also has an exhibition of photographs and paintings depicting the Battle of Gallipoli. Visitors will be allowed to take photos of the exhibition.

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