Erdogan hails the 1453 fall


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan celebrated the 556th anniversary of the fall of Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul) to Ottoman Turk forces on May 29 in 1453.

In a tweet posted on Wednesday, Erdogan lavished praised on Sultan Mehmed II, whose army breached the walls of the once-impregnable Christian city and capital of the Greek-speaking Byzantine Empire for more than a millennium.

The Turkish leader said the conquest of Constantinople changed the course of world history.

“May Sultan Mehmed II of the Ottomans and his army rest in peace,” Erdogan tweeted.