Today is the 559th anniversary of the Conquest of Istanbul which saw the end of the Byzantine Empire and the beginning of the Modern Age in world history.
Celebrations held at Mehmed the Conqueror’s tomb in Istanbul. Celebrators also take a “Conquest Walk” from the Beyazit district to the center of the old city of Istanbul, the Sultanahmet district.
Celebrations included a “mehteran” concert or a traditional Ottoman marching band/army music at the medieval Rumeli Castle in Istanbul. Meanwhile along the Golden Horn a light, water, laser and firework display held.