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Fall of Constantinople

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[[Image:Siege of Constantinople.jpg|right|thumb|300px|The 1453 Siege of Constantinople (painted 1499)]]
The '''Fall of Constantinople''' was the conquest of that Greek city by the Ottoman Empire under the command of Sultan Mehmet II, on Tuesday, [[May 29]], 1453. This marked not only the final destruction of the [[Eastern Roman Empire|Eastern Roman ("Byzantine") Empire]], and the death of [[Constantine XI]], the last Roman Emperor, but also the strategic conquest crucial for Ottoman hegemony over the Eastern Mediterranean and Balkans.
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