For those who love history and diving, this news is sure to inspire you! Turkey has just unveiled its new underwater shipwreck museum that allows divers to explore historic battle shipwrecks. The historic Gallipoli Underwater Park located deep in the Dardanelles Strait in Turkey contains ships submerged during the Second World War 1915–16.
The battle of Gallipoli was one of the deadliest battles fought in history and lost many soldiers from Australia and New Zealand. In 1973, Turkey created the Gelibolu Peninsula National Historic Park (Gallipoli) to honor the 500,000 soldiers who lost their lives here in the war between the Ottomans and Allied forces.
The site is flooded with trenches, castles, and battle-related towers. Not only this, there are graves of more than 250,000 Turkish soldiers, and 250,000 Australian, New Zealand, English, and French soldiers.
The nation has opened a stretch of coastline of the Gallipoli peninsula to tourists where they can wreak havoc from the battle of the First World War. Previously, divers had to obtain special permission from the authorities but now the region is open to all.
Divers can explore the remains of 14 warships here. One of the most famous wrecks here is the British Royal Navy’s ‘HMS Majestic’ which sank a torpedo. The wreck is 80 feet below the surface of the water in the village of Seddulbahir.