IN PICTURES: Turkey Celebrates 568th Anniversary Of İstanbul’s Conquest By Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II Al Fatih

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The image of Sultan Mehmed II is projected to the sky with the laser projection-sky mapping technique of the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque in İstanbul. The Sultan is shown arriving in İstanbul on his horse and building four minarets around the Hagia Sophia. (AA)

The 568th anniversary of the Conquest of İstanbul, also known as the Fall of Constantinople, by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed Al Fatih was observed with a visual feast in the Turkish metropolis.

A visual show was organized in the city to indicate the anniversary of the conquest of İstanbul that altered the direction of history.

 إِنَّا فَتَحْنَا لَكَ فَتْحًا مُبِينًا  (“Indeed, We have given you a clear conquest” ) [Surah Al Fat’h (48:1)] (Republic of Türkiye Directorate of Communications)
During the celebration, Surah Al-Fath, the 48th chapter of the Noble Qur’an, was recited in Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque.

Afterward, the celebrations proceeded with a virtual sky mapping extravaganza that was used for the first time at Hagia Sophia and Galata Tower, a symbol of the conquest.

(Republic of Türkiye Directorate of Communications)

The portrait of Sultan Mehmed Al Fatih on horseback, who captured İstanbul at the age of 21, was also starred in the display.

The Galata Tower. ((Republic of Türkiye Directorate of Communications)

The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, shared a message commemorating the 568th anniversary of the conquest of İstanbul.

“I salute the 568th anniversary of the Conquest of İstanbul, one of the most remarkable victories of our history,” he said on Twitter.

He narrated Prophet Muhammad ﷺ’s hadith concerning the conquest with a visual that stated: “İstanbul will definitely be conquered. What an excellent commander is the commander who conquers it, what an excellent army that army is.”

“I remember with mercy and respect Mehmed Al Fatih and his heroic army, who added this unique (historic) city to our heritage of civilization,” Erdoğan concluded.

(Republic of Türkiye Directorate of Communications)

On the 29th of May, 1453, Sultan Mehmed II conquered İstanbul, then named Constantinople, from where the Byzantines had governed the Eastern Roman Empire for more than a millennium.

The victory changed the city, once the heart of the Byzantine sphere, into the capital of the new Ottoman Empire.

(Republic of Türkiye Directorate of Communications)

Although the city had been attacked and besieged many times before, nobody had been able to conquer it.

So, Sultan Mehmed II knew completely that accomplishing the unimaginable required unconventional tactics and shrewdness.

The sultan gathered a huge army – said to include over 200,000 soldiers, yet a few historians say the number was less than half of this – and emerged before the city’s mighty walls with complete confidence and trust in Allah.

(Republic of Türkiye Directorate of Communications)

He encircled the city by both sea and land, followed by an astonishing move: the heaving of warships overland encompassing the city’s Galata area – then a small Genoese trader colony – on modern İstanbul’s European side.

(Republic of Türkiye Directorate of Communications)

The military campaign endured for more than 50 days, spearheaded by huge cannonball assaults pounding the walls to force a hole through which fighters could breach the city.

(Republic of Türkiye Directorate of Communications)

On the 29th of May, the city finally fell, gaining Mehmed II the well-deserved title of “conqueror.”

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