Ottoman Empire Lecture

Date/Time
January 11 , 2018
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Location
Sandalwood Village, Naples


The city of Istanbul conjures up a romantic location on the Bosphorus where Europe and Asia meet. Its foundation goes back nearly three thousand years to the Greek trading city-state of Byzantion. It then became New Rome (later Constantinople) under Constantine the Great and grew to glory as the greatest city in Europe, the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantium) for a thousand years. However, its appalling sacking by Venice in 1204 led to two hundred years of decay until the great metropolis finally fell to Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453 and became the natural capital of the Ottoman Empire for the next four hundred years. As such it has played a pivotal role in the history of not only the Middle East but also Eastern Europe. Yet its rise to prominence and its great buildings, both Christian and Moslem, are not very well known in the West. Today, Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, constituting the country’s economic, cultural, and historical heart. We will investigate the most famous milestones on Istanbul’s long and illustrious journey as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

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