The Fall of Constantinople

Pivotal Moments in History Series

For centuries, Constantinople’’s perfect geographic location— positioned along a land trade route between Europe and Asia, as well as on a strategic seaway from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean—made the city extremely desirable and prone to attack. Constantinople became known as “the Eye of the World,” a center of art, trade, religion, and learning. Rulers built three sets of massive walls to protect Constantinople from attack. But, weakened by internal disputes and a schism between the Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic (Latin) Churches, the city fell to the Turkish Ottomans in 1453. The shift in power at the Eye of the World marked the official end of the Byzantine Empire and became one of history’s most pivotal moments. Today, Constantinople is called Istanbul, Turkey, and is one of the world’s largest cities.

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Reading level: Grade 9
For ages 14 and older
ISBN: 978-0-8225-5918-4

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