The Fall of Constantinople: A Turning Point in World History

TLDR The fall of Constantinople in 1453 marked the end of the Byzantine Empire and had far-reaching consequences, including the enslavement and killing of thousands, the conversion of the Hagia Sophia, and the shift of Orthodoxy to Russia. It also marked the symbolic end of the Roman Empire and the beginning of the Renaissance.

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00:00 On May 29th, 1453, the fall of Constantinople had a significant impact on world history.
01:59 In 1453, the Byzantine Empire was reduced to just the city of Constantinople and some surrounding territory, but the city's famous walls and strategic location made it difficult to invade.
03:36 The walls of Constantinople were a formidable defense, with three layers, including a moat, multiple walls, and towers, making it difficult for anyone to invade for almost a thousand years, until the Ottomans, led by Mehmet II, began their siege.
05:17 The Ottoman army, with a significant numerical advantage, began their siege of Constantinople by offering the Byzantine emperor a chance to surrender, but the defenders held strong and repelled multiple attacks, including the use of cannons and tunneling.
06:59 The defenders of Constantinople refused to surrender, leading Mehmet's advisors to question the success of the siege, but Mehmet decided on one last massive attack which ultimately broke through the walls and led to the fall of the city.
08:32 The Ottomans sacked Constantinople, resulting in the enslavement, rape, and killing of tens of thousands of people, the death of the last Roman emperor, the conversion of the Hagia Sophia into a mosque, and the symbolic end of the Roman Empire.
10:10 The fall of Constantinople led to the shift of Orthodoxy to Russia, the declaration of Russia as the Third Rome, the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Renaissance, and the renaming of Constantinople to Istanbul.
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