Haidar Pasha Cemetery

Marmara Region , Marmara Region , Turkey

About Haidar Pasha Cemetery

The Haidar Pasha Cemetery near Istanbul, Turkey was the burial site of approximately 6,000 soldiers who died during the Crimean War at the Selimiye Barracks, a then British military base and hospital. It is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Conditions at the Selimiye Barracks were terrible at the beginning of the war until the British nurse Florence Nightingale famously transformed them and dramatically improved soldiers’ mortality rates. As such, many soldiers died of preventable diseases such as cholera.

Most of the Haidar Pasha Cemetery Crimean graves are unmarked. There are also First and Second World War Turkish graves as well as those of civilians.

The Haidar Pasha Cemetery includes a memorial to Nightingale as well as to those who died at the Selimiye Barracks hospital during the Crimean War. There are also memorials to the First World War soldiers who died whilst in action in Georgia, South Russia and Azerbaijan as well as a cremation memorial to Indian Army soldiers killed in 1919 and 1920.

The usual route is to start by visiting the nearby Florence Nightingale Museum at the Selimiye Barracks and then Haidar Pasha Cemetery.

Related Places

Balaclava Battlefield

The Balaclava Battlefield was the site of the Charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War.


Siege of Sevastopol Museum

The Siege of Sevastopol Museum is dedicated to the British, French and Turkish siege of the city during the Crimean War.


The Florence Nightingale Museum

The Florence Nightingale Museum in Turkey gives a glimpse into the work and hospital of the Lady of the Lamp.


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