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The Archaeological Site of Troy
Troy has been discovered by a German man named Heinrich Schliemann and it is one of the most archeological sites in the world. He was a rich businessman but when he was a little boy his grandfather gave him Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. He read these books many times and he learned several languages to understand better. He thought that this is not a legend, this is a true story. In 1869 he came to Troy. After him his assistant Wilhelm Dorpfeld did a good job in Troy. Because he separated all the different layers and Troy has 9 different cities onto each other.  For example life starting  3000 BC in Troy. It was just a small fishing village and it was very close to Troy about 100-150 people were living. Until 2500 BC this village was demolished because of the fire and these people built new city top on Troy in 2500 BC.

Mythological Troy

Trojan war was waged against to Greeks in the city of Troy. This war is one of the most important war in Greek mythology.  Helen queen of Sparta was the most beautiful woman in that time. She was married with  Menelaus king of Sparta. Her son Eros shoot Helen with a golden arrow and Helen fall in love with Paris. And they left Sparta for Troy. Helen’s husband Menelaus declared a war against to Greeks to retrieve his queen. This was the beginning of Trojan war.   


On April 25th 1915, French, British, Australian and New Zealander forces landed in the straits of Dardanelles. The same day, the Russian Black Sea fleet bombarded the Turkish forts on the Bosphorus. This was part of a campaign to seize Istanbul and knock the Ottoman Empire out of the war.
Over half a million brave souls were lost in just 9 months. Every year tens of thousands of Australians, New Zealanders as well as millions of Turks visit Gallipoli to pay respect to their brave ancestors.
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the legendary commander and founder of modern Turkey said it best: “You, the mothers, who sent their sons from faraway countries! Wipe away your tears. Your sons are now lying in the bosom of ours. They are now in peace and will rest in peace here forever. After losing their lives on this land, they become our sons as well.”