After the conquest of Constantinople in 1453 by Mehmet the Conqueror
, the tower was used to detect fires in the city.
A common man on the Arab street who considers himself the rightful heir of the great empires of the Umayyad, Abbasid, and Ottoman and whose imagination has been shaped by the legends of Umar bin Khattab, Khalid bin Waleed, and Mehmet the Conqueror
can only feel deep resentment towards ruling Arab regimes characterized by weakness and total submission to western countries.
Once history buffs have completed tours of the top sites in Sultanahmet, they can make their way to the old Byzantine church-turned-mosque-turned-museum of Chora, see the victory of Mehmet the Conqueror
at Panorama 1453, or if they prefer history of a bit more recent variety, they can tour the Dolmabahce Palace near BeE-iktaE-.
This is probably the earliest known artistic depiction of Constantinople showing the city falling to the Ottoman army under Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror
In the film, Mehmet the Conqueror
-- played by an actor who bears a remarkable resemblance to a young Recep Tayyip Erdogan -- is shown to be a forceful and compassionate protector of Muslims and Christians alike (though there is no mention in the film of Jews).
When Mehmet the Conqueror
first wandered through the ruins of the Byzantine palace, it was with the words of the Persian poet Firdusi on his lips: "The spider spins its web in the palace of the Caesars, An owl hoots in the towers of Afrasiab".
His periods are from Mycenae to the Roman Empire, Byzantium from Constantine I to Mehmet the Conqueror
, and from the Ottoman Empire to the European Union.
Ottoman Emperor Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror
once said of Amasra: "Is this what they call 'the apple of world's eye?
Originally a Christian church, it was converted into a mosque in 1453 under the orders of Mehmet the Conqueror
when the Ottoman Turks conquered the city.
The author comes to the conclusion that Ottoman attitudes on succession in general differed significantly from the period of the interregnum or civil war, compared especially with those of the time of Mehmet the Conqueror
fifty years later.
It was, in fact, six centuries ago that Mehmet the Conqueror
entered Constantinople, renaming it Istanbul and, the same day, turning St.
A symbol of Byzantine power, the beautiful sixth-century church was converted into a mosque in the fifteenth century by Mehmet the Conqueror