30 May Thursday

The 566th Anniversary of Istanbul's Conquest on a Giant 3D Mapping Stage

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality organized a special celebration for the 566th year anniversary of Istanbul's conquest.

The ceremony was held on a giant 3D mapping stage built in the form of a castle at the Maltepe coast on the Anatolian side of Istanbul.

The 566th year anniversary of Istanbul's conquest was celebrated with enthusiasm on 29th of May, 2019 in Istanbul. During the celebration, a 3D film about the conquest was screened on a giant TV. An Ottoman janissary band played conquest songs for this anniversary.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan issued a message yesterday to mark the anniversary of Istanbul's conquest by the Ottomans which made the city an indelible part of Turkey.

Erdoğan, who served as the city's mayor before his Justice and Development Party (AK Party) rose to power in the early 2000s, heaped praise on Mehmed II, the Ottoman sultan who led the conquest that ended Byzantine rule. "Faith, determination, and resolve. Mehmed the Conqueror and his heroic soldiers who have been praised by our dear Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), inspires us to take Turkey to its future goals in 2023, 2053, 2071," Erdoğan said, referring to the better-known nickname of the Ottoman sultan.

In a hadith, the Prophet Muhammad praised the future conqueror of Istanbul, which was a city Muslims repeatedly tried to take since the birth of Islam. Under Erdoğan, the Turkish government set up a series of ambitious goals for the development of Turkey and aim to reach them by symbolic dates like the centenary of the Republic in 2023. Erdoğan himself often refers to future symbolic dates like the 600th anniversary of Istanbul's conquest and 1,000th anniversary of the 1071 Battle of Malazgirt that cemented Turkish domination in Anatolia.

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