Celebrations have taken place across Turkey on Sunday for the 563rd Anniversary of Istanbul’s Conquest. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan featured celebrations at Yenikapi Event Area in Istanbul.
Around one million of people celebrated the 563rd anniversary of the conquest of Istanbul, then called Constantinople, with a grandiose ceremony in Istanbul. A 563-strong janissary band team performed during the event, and the Turkish Air Force’s Turkish Stars aerobatics team flew past Yenikapi where the celebrations were held. The ceremony was broadcasted live in English, Spanish, Arabic, French, Russian and sign language, as well as Turkish.
The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, which was one of the organizers of the event alongside the Istanbul Governor’s Office, also planned the logistical aspects to ensure strong participation in the ceremony by scheduling a total 5,005 buses to bring citizens to the square from 38 districts of the province. A total of 146 ferries also transported citizens from 26 quays in 21 of the city’s districts.
The world’s largest 3D mapping stage was employed to visualize the conquest of the city, then called Constantinople, by Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II (“Mehmed the Conqueror”) on May 29, 1453.
On May 29, 1453, Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II conquered Istanbul, then called Constantinople, from where the Byzantines had ruled the Eastern Roman Empire for more than 1,000 years. The conquest transformed the city, once the heart of the Byzantine realm, into the capital of the new Ottoman Empire.