Historical Areas

Cezayirli Hasan Pasha Pavilion

Cezayirli Hasan Pasha was one of the most prominent statesmen of the Ottoman Empire. He served as chief admiral and grand vizier in the second half of the 18th century. Hasan Pasha commissioned the construction of the pavilion after 1770 in order to use the place as a retreat and also as a hub to carry out his studies about the region. The pavilion is located right next to one of the first Turkish settlements in the area, the Yerkesiği village. The pavilion reflects the characteristics of the 18-19th century Ottoman landowners’ and gentries’ farm/country houses. It is known that Cezayirli Hasan Pasha stayed at the property when he docked his fleet at Beşike Bay whilst waiting for favourable southern winds. Only a watchtower remains standing today from the pavilion itself.

Kumkale War Grave

It is on the left side of the road as you walk north through Kumkale village towards the fishing port. It was built in 1983 in memory of the staff of the 14th Battery who resisted the enemy French forces who landed ashore on the morning of April 25, 1915 and lost their lives on 28 to 30 of April by the enemy opening fire from the sea.