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Constantinople

May 20

May 20, 1453: This day marked the fall of Constantinople. The Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II's conquest of the Balkans and the fall of Constantinople in 1453 both constituted victories for him and led to […]

November 9

November 9, 959: On this day in 959, Emperor Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus died at Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul), the capital of the Byzantine Empire which he ruled for 46 years from his accession in 913. […]

April 12

April 12, 1204: Constantinople was captured by the Crusaders over three days. The capital of the Empire was moved to Nicaea, Bithynia, where the traveler Nikolaos Messaritis first refers to Monemvasios oenos, subsequently known […]

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