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What made the majority of people in Constantinople believe in prophecies saying that the city would not last forever and that they are doomed In the years before the Turkish conquest it was known that the reign of anti-Christ could not long be delayed What made the proud people and ancestors of the Roman Empire lose all hope and will to react After withstanding 22 previous sieges the first in 340 BC and the last in 1437 AD the Ottoman army entered into the capital which Constantine had found as the heart of the Christian Empire 2 After three days of plundering that caused the city a misfortune comparable only to the fall of Carthage 3 the Sultan entered the church Hagia Sophia and prayed to Allah saying after proclaiming the conversion of the church into a Mosque Here after my capital is Istanbul 4 Constantinople--the city that inspired many great men to admire praise and desire it Since its creation it was a strategic commercial military and religious center Its riches and charms were not only a source of admiration but its attractiveness had necessitated a rigorous fortification and protection from attacks and raids In spite of being for more than 1000 years the unconquerable and surely the wealthiest city it stood on the crossroads of the East and the West which proved to be an incessant source of troubles always being entangled in the interests of foreign peoples It was the conveyor of eastern and roman culture the most significant commercial and religious center and it can undoubtedly regarded as the heart of a civilization incredibly contributed to the mankind A bastion of orthodox Christianity it was conquered by the Crusaders--the defenders of Christianity and this colossal blow on it was one of the main causes for the fall of the Empire under the fanatic and irresistible power of the Ottoman Turks Lead by the zeal of their religion and the skillful
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