A ‘başıbozuk’ (irregular soldier of the Ottoman army).  From the Balkans (Epirus or Albania).  Late-ottoman, 2nd half of the 19th century.

A ‘başıbozuk’ (irregular soldier of the Ottoman army). From the Balkans (Epirus or Albania). Late-ottoman, 2nd half of the 19th century.

LADLE-BEARER TO THE JANISSARIES.   Ottoman Empire in 1800.

LADLE-BEARER TO THE JANISSARIES. Ottoman Empire in 1800.

Ottoman Empire Costume in 1800. A domestic belonging to the Grand Vizier's household.

Ottoman Empire Costume in 1800. A domestic belonging to the Grand Vizier's household.

A member of the Janissary Corps,  by William Page.  Ottoman, 1823.

A member of the Janissary Corps, by William Page. Ottoman, 1823.

"Roxelana"  Her Imperial Highness Haseki Hürrem Sultan, Imperial Princess Consort of Süleyman the Magnificent of the Ottoman Empire.  16th century oil painting.

"Roxelana" Her Imperial Highness Haseki Hürrem Sultan, Imperial Princess Consort of Süleyman the Magnificent of the Ottoman Empire. 16th century oil painting.

Bayazeed the Ottoman Sultan

Bayazeed the Ottoman Sultan

Ottoman Sultan enjoying his Coffee

Ottoman Sultan enjoying his Coffee

Ahmed III of the Ottoman Empire

Ahmed III of the Ottoman Empire

On May 29, 1453 the Ottoman Turkish army, under the leadership of Mehmed II (Mahomet II) broke Constantinople’s defensive walls, captured Constantinople and killed the Byzantine Emperor Constantine XI Palaiologos.  With the death of Constantine XI, the Byzantine Empire came to an end, as did the older Roman Empire.  The image is of Sultan Mehmed II by Gentile Bellini 1480, which is held at the National Gallery, London.

On May 29, 1453 the Ottoman Turkish army, under the leadership of Mehmed II (Mahomet II) broke Constantinople’s defensive walls, captured Constantinople and killed the Byzantine Emperor Constantine XI Palaiologos. With the death of Constantine XI, the Byzantine Empire came to an end, as did the older Roman Empire. The image is of Sultan Mehmed II by Gentile Bellini 1480, which is held at the National Gallery, London.

Mimar Sinan : He is a genius...  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mimar_Sinan

Mimar Sinan : He is a genius... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mimar_Sinan

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