Romanticized illustration from 1832, shows Mehmed II leading his men over the walls of Constantinople while (bottom left) Constantine XI is killed. The Fall of Constantinople was the capture of the capital of the Byzantine Empire by an invading army of the Ottoman Empire on May 29, 1453. The Ottomans were commanded by Mehmed the Conqueror, the seventh sultan of the Ottoman Empire, who defeated an army commanded by Byzantine Emperor Constantine XI Palaiologos. The conquest of Constantinople followed a 53 day siege that had begun on April 6, 1453. The capture of Constantinople marked the end of

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Romanticized illustration from 1832, shows Mehmed II leading his men over the walls of Constantinople while (bottom left) Constantine XI is killed. The Fall of Constantinople was the capture of the capital of the Byzantine Empire by an invading army of the Ottoman Empire on May 29, 1453. The Ottomans were commanded by Mehmed the Conqueror, the seventh sultan of the Ottoman Empire, who defeated an army commanded by Byzantine Emperor Constantine XI Palaiologos. The conquest of Constantinople followed a 53 day siege that had begun on April 6, 1453. The capture of Constantinople marked the end of
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Romanticized illustration from 1832, shows Mehmed II leading his men over the walls of Constantinople while (bottom left) Constantine XI is killed. The Fall of Constantinople was the capture of the capital of the Byzantine Empire by an invading army of the Ottoman Empire on May 29, 1453. The Ottomans were commanded by Mehmed the Conqueror, the seventh sultan of the Ottoman Empire, who defeated an army commanded by Byzantine Emperor Constantine XI Palaiologos. The conquest of Constantinople followed a 53 day siege that had begun on April 6, 1453. The capture of Constantinople marked the end of the Roman Empire, an imperial state that had lasted for nearly 1,500 years. The Ottoman conquest of Constantinople also dealt a massive blow to Christendom, as the Muslim Ottoman armies thereafter were left unchecked to advance into Europe without an adversary to their rear. After the conquest, Sultan Mehmed II transferred the capital of the Ottoman Empire from Edirne to Constantinople. The conquest of the city of Constantinople and the end of the Byzantine Empire was a key event in the Late Middle Ages, which also marks, for some historians, the end of the Middle Ages.