This news will certainly excite those who enjoy history and diving! Turkey has just opened a new underwater shipwreck museum, allowing divers to explore historic battleship wrecks. The Gallipoli Historical Underwater Park, located deep in Turkey’s Dardanelles Strait, features ships that were sunk during World War I in 1915–16.
The battle of Gallipoli was one of the bloodiest battles in history, resulting in the deaths of many Australian and New Zealand soldiers. Turkey established the Gelibolu (Gallipoli) Peninsula Historical National Park in 1973 to honor the 500,000 soldiers who died here during the Ottoman-Allied war.
The underwater site contains trenches, castles, and towers from the battle. Not only that, but there are more than 250,000 Turkish soldiers’ graves, as well as 250,000 Australian, New Zealand, English, and French soldiers’ graves.
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Tourists can now explore a stretch of coastline off the Gallipoli peninsula to find wrecks from the First World War battle. Previously, divers had to obtain special permission from the authorities, but the region is now open to all.
Divers can explore the wrecks of 14 battleships. The British Royal Navy’s ‘HMS Majestic,’ which was sunk by a torpedo, is one of the most famous wrecks here. The shipwreck is located in the village of Seddulbahir, 80 feet below the water’s surface.