The Fall of Constantinople: A Turning Point in History

TLDR The fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans in 1453 marked the end of the Byzantine Empire and the Roman Empire as a whole. This event had far-reaching consequences, including the shift of power to the Ottoman Empire, the end of the Middle Ages, and the beginning of the Renaissance.

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00:00 On May 29th, 1453, the Byzantine Empire fell to the Ottomans, marking a significant moment in world history.
02:09 The Byzantine Empire's survival for over a millennium was largely due to the strategic location of Constantinople and its formidable walls, which included a moat, three layers of walls, and a walkway for soldiers.
03:50 The Ottoman Empire, led by Mehmet II, launched a siege on Constantinople, which had formidable walls and a small defending force, and used their large cannons as a secret weapon.
05:35 The Ottoman Empire attempted various methods to breach the walls of Constantinople, including a failed naval attack and tunneling under the walls, but were ultimately unable to break through and resorted to one final massive attack.
07:14 The final attack on Constantinople began with waves of troops, including Christian troops, regular infantry, and mercenaries, but it was the elite Janissary units that ultimately broke through the walls and allowed the Ottomans to sack the city, resulting in the death of the last Roman emperor and the enslavement and slaughter of thousands of people.
08:44 The fall of Constantinople shocked Europe and marked the end of the Roman Empire, with the Ottomans claiming the title of Roman emperor and the center of Orthodoxy shifting to Russia.
10:18 The fall of Constantinople marked the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Renaissance, and its impact can still be felt today.
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