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The conquest of Istanbul

Bütün Türkiye resimleri için buraya basınız veya Istanbul sayfa,
Istanbul start page, or go to Start page for other Turkish cities


I have come across a number of marvellous "dioramas" in Turkish museums. There is an excellent one in the Anıt Kabir museum in Ankara of the War of Independence. And this one is from the Istanbul museum, of the conquest of the city in 1453. I could not resist taking lots of pictures, that, I hope, speak for themselves. I realize this is not really photography, just copying, but like I said, I could not resist. Also, I oversharpened some pictures to bring out some more detail, they look a bit less natural than others. And since I feel a bit lazy I do not group the pictures (yet?), so you go from left to right and back and forth again. Just like you might do yourself.

I use the text on the Wikipedia (Where they spell Mehmet with a d): On May 29, 1453, Sultan Mehmet II "the Conqueror" captured Constantinople after a 53-day siege and proclaimed that the city was now the new capital of his Ottoman Empire. Sultan Mehmet's first duty was to rejuvenate the city economically, creating the Grand Bazaar and inviting the fleeing Orthodox and Catholic inhabitants to return. Captured prisoners were freed to settle in the city whilst provincial governors in Rumelia and Anatolia were ordered to send four thousand families to settle in the city, whether Muslim, Christian or Jew, to form a unique cosmopolitan society. For more information, see the article on the conquest in the same Wikipedia. If you like this kind of diorama, see my Konya Independence War Museum.

And Istanbul has another Panorama History Museum on the same subject that I visited in 2014.
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