Anzac Dawn Service,
On the Aegean side of Gallipoli lies the landing beaches of Anzac Cove. Anzac, an acronym for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, is best known for its 1915 battles and while the whole of the Gallipoli Peninsula is the site of extensive First World War battlefields and memorial sites, the haunting beauty of the north bank of the Dardanelles Strait is a poignant reminder of our past. A commemorative site for the Allied (British Empire and France) and Turkish forces who fought and died, the battle was very costly for both sides, with casualties and losses amounting to over 220,000 for the Allied forces and approximately 253,000 for the Turkish forces. Bursting with memory, Anzac Cove is simply a must for all historians. Part of the reason why the battle was so hard fought (lasting over nine months) was that the Allies were not expecting the topography of the village to be so brutal. Instead of gentle sloping shores of the rest of the region, they were met by enormous rugged cliffs, with an almost vertical drop down to the water below. However, the beaches themselves are geographically stunning and remain mostly untouched by mass tourism. The tiny, scenic cove itself gives way to spectacular raw seascapes that are not only remarkable in their beauty but both moving and stirring.