But when the twenty-three-year-old Sultan Mehmet II
, known as Fatih ("the Conqueror"), seized Greece and Bosnia, the Venetians were more or less forced to go to war.
Less than 70 years later, in the fateful year 1453, Constantinople finally fell at the merciless hands of Mehmet II
It is being staged to celebrate the re-opening of Istanbul's historic archery field, the Okmeydani, which was established in 1453 by Mehmet II
after the siege of Constantinople and Folkard added: " I feel very honoured to be taking part in this historic event.
Fetih 1453" tells the story of Mehmet II
, who ascends to the Ottoman throne after the deaths of his father Murat II and brother Osman Erciyes.
Much needed funds will be donated for entrance restoration of the UNESCO World Heritage Site which was built in 1465 by Sultan Mehmet II
and housed Ottman royalty for 400 years.
The film tells of Sultan Mehmet II
, a national icon today, and his 50-day siege of Constantinople, the last bastion of the Byzantine empire.
The church was turned into a mosque after Constantinople was taken by Sultan Mehmet II
Facsimiles of the first copy of the Holy Quran in Islam, the original of which was presented to Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II
in 1811 AD by Ottoman Governor of Egypt Mehmet Ali and of the largest Ottoman Quran commissioned by the Ottoman Sultan Subyman the Magnificent in 16th century; models of centuries-old mosques, hospitals and universities in Edirne and Istanbul (both in Turkey), Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia; Islamic arts; calligraphies; and other Islamic artifacts from across the world fill the museum.
Even more immediately threatening was young Mehmet II
, the Turkish sultan who conquered the last remnant of the Eastern Roman Empire in 1453.
Paul II was a legitimate pope, resident in Rome and not in the Palais des Papes in the south of France, but he still had to deal with the rising influence of the cardinalate, the intellectual appeal of conciliarism (a notion that sought to subordinate papal power to that of a council), the shifting priorities of the larger realms of France and the Holy Roman Empire, and the external threat of the Ottoman Turks under the brilliant and fearsome Sultan Mehmet II
This biography of Sultan Mehmet II
, the conqueror, is focused on the historic conflict between western Europe and the Ottoman empire, echoed today in the case of Turkey, which is currently facing rejection in its attempt to join the EU.
On Tuesday, 29 May 1453, Constantinople fell to the besieging army of Sultan Mehmet II