Turkey marks the 567th anniversary of the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul on May 29th with a series of events.
Istanbul which is now home to some 16 million residents was conquered by Sultan Mehmet II who was only 21 at that time, ruled by the Byzantines, the Eastern Roman Empire for more than 1,000 years, and earned the title of Conqueror.
The Conquest of the city took place on 29 May 1453, after a 53-day siege that had begun on 6 April 1453.
The sultan assembled a large army, surrounded the city by both sea and land, followed by an unexpected move: the heaving of warships overland around the city’s Galata area – then a small Genoese merchant colony – on modern Istanbul’s European side.
The military campaign continued for more than 50 days, spearheaded by massive cannonball assaults pounding the walls to open a hole through which soldiers could breach the city.
The conquest transformed the city into the capital of the new Ottoman Empire that has been once the heart of the Byzantine realm.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a statement to commemorate the anniversary of the conquest by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II, said: “We mark the 567th anniversary of Istanbul conquest, which is not only one of the greatest victories in history but also a turning point that ushered a new era. We commemorate firstly the great Mehmed the Conqueror and others who helped us call these lands our home.”
President Erdoğan also greeted the boats, decorated with Turkish flags, which passed through the Bosphorus to mark the historic day.
The day witnessed a number of planned events to mark the historic day including included a reenactment of the epic battle organized by the Istanbul Governorate and a performance by the Ottoman military band “Mehteran.”
İstanbul’un Fethi’nin 567. Yılını Özel Bir Program ile Kutluyoruz https://t.co/J8TEJRmdvU— Ali Yerlikaya (@AliYerlikaya) May 29, 2020
Bir çağ kapatıp yeni bir çağ açan;— Ali Yerlikaya (@AliYerlikaya) May 29, 2020
sevdası çağlar aşan, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Han ve #İstanbulunFethi’nde görev alan, “müjdelenmiş, övülmüş ordu”nun tüm neferlerini fethin 567. yılında rahmet ve şükranla yâd ediyorum.
Mekanları cennet olsun. 🤲🌹 pic.twitter.com/yxUAK5Nc7l