Türkiye marks 571st anniversary of the Istanbul’s conquest

Today marks the 571st anniversary of the Istanbul's conquest, a city that bridges the continents of Asia and Europe, by the Ottoman Turks.

On May 29, 1453, the Ottoman army led by Sultan Mehmed II, known as Fatih Sultan Mehmet, conquered Constantinople, toppling the Eastern Roman Empire.

Following its capture, the city, initially known as Constantinople, became the capital of the Ottoman Empire. The name “Constantinople” persisted among Muslims, while Greeks referred to it as “E Stin Polis” (to the city). Over time, the Ottomans adopted this name, and the city became globally known as Istanbul.

The significance of Istanbul’s conquest is underscored by a hadith of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), who said, “What a wonderful commander was the commander who took it! What a wonderful army that took him!”

The transfer of Istanbul to the Ottoman Empire marked the beginning of a new era in world history. The fall of Byzantium led to significant global changes, sparking a revival in Europe, the opening of new facilities, and advancements in science. Since then, Istanbul has emerged as a major center influencing global politics. The city’s strategic location remains crucial even today.

In the early 20th century, Istanbul was coveted by the British, French, and Russians, leading to large-scale military operations. However, the invaders’ hopes were dashed with their defeat in Çanakkale in 1915. Despite ongoing European aspirations to reclaim the city, Istanbul has become a symbol of pride not only for the Turkic people but also for the Islamic world.




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