May 29, 1453 is one of the most significant dates in world history. On this date, 563 years ago, the greatest city of Christendom, Constantinople, fell to Ottoman armies. This event marked the end of the great Byzantine Empire, heir to Rome. To learn more about this momentous event (and its ties to popular culture) check out this episode of the History Buffs Podcast in which I make a guest appearance: King’s Landing & Constantinople.
Featured Image: “Siege of Constantinople.” By Attributed to Philippe de Mazerolles – Bibliothèque nationale de France Manuscript Français 2691 folio CCXLVI v , Public Domain.
“Mehmed the Conqueror.” By Gentile Bellini – The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH., Public Domain.
“Mehmed at the Siege of Constantinople.” By Fausto Zonaro – http://www.insecula.com/us/oeuvre/O0025021.html, Public Domain.
“Siege of Constantinople.” By © Sémhur / Wikimedia Commons, FAL.