In Istanbul, Topkapi Palace, built by Mehmet the Conqueror
over the ruins of Constantine's imperial palace, and administrative seat of the Ottoman Empire for 400 years, has to be seen to be imagined, as does the breathtaking interior of the Blue Mosque.
It was this period that sealed his reputation as Vlad the Impaler as the Ottoman Turks preferred to call him, particularly after the ghastly sight that greeted Mehmet the Conqueror
one day in the summer of 1462 outside Vlad's capital at Tirgoviste.
Byzantium became history when Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror
did the unbelievable in 1453 by taking his fleet overland, laying siege to Constantinople which fell to be reborn as Istanbul.
Her business was storytelling, but she was no ingenious queen in fear of the shroud brought in with the dawn, nor was she a naquibolmalek to usher a shah through the gates of sleep, nor an ashik, lover-minstrel singing songs of Mehmet the Conqueror
and the sack of Byzantium, nor yet a holy dervish in short skin trousers and skin skull-cap, brandishing axe or club and making its shadow terrible.
After Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror
captured Istanbul in 1453 he redeveloped the whole site, enlarging the tomb building, constructing a mosque and an associated complex comprising a religious school, Turkish baths and a market.
For example, were manners, procedures, methods and styles of the Sultan Osman Gazi period in the early years of the Ottoman Empire the same as the later periods of Sultan Yyldyrym Beyazid, Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror
, Yavuz Sultan Selim and Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent?
Mehmet II became known as Mehmet the Conqueror
. He made Constantinople his capital, renamed it ystanbul and settled it with people from different parts of his realm.
I will give you more details on the fall of Constantinople and Mehmet the Conqueror
in my next piece.
The second bridge carries the name of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror
, who presented ystanbul to us and honored with the beautiful words of Prophet Mohammed.
Are we the grandchildren of Mehmet the Conqueror
or the children of Ataturk?
Every great Ottoman monarch of the cut of Mehmet the Conqueror
would be deeply sad to see that the ystanbul of today has lost its multicultural characteristic.
For them, the present government respects religious feasts more than national holidays, Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror
more than Mustafa Kemal AtatE-rk, the Ottoman Empire more than the Turkish nation-state.