Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah has announced plans to host an exhibition showcasing a collection of photographs from the Battle of Gallipoli, also known as the Dardanelles Campaign, which took place during World War I. The exhibition includes a selection of photographs from the private collection of the Australian Embassy in Turkey which will be available to view in the Atatürk Museum Room, Room no 101, between 19 March – 30 June 2015.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, a Turkish army officer and the first President of Turkey, stayed at the Pera Palace Hotel in 1917 for the first time just after the Battle of Gallipoli which took place on the Gallipoli peninsula in the Ottoman Empire between 25 April 1915 and 9 January 1916. The exhibition will commemorate this chapter of history and the centenary year of the battle.
From then on Room 101 remained Atatürk’s preferred choice and on what would have been his 100th birthday in 1981, the room was converted into a museum. The Atatürk Museum Room contains the personal belongings of Atatürk such as his clothes, hats, shoes and glasses. Over time, bitter wartime memories have been replaced with warm friendships among the nations. Anzac Day, observed on 25 April each year, is an occasion not to be missed by anyone desiring to explore Turkish history.