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30 07, 2017

Hagia Sophia – Istanbul

By |2019-08-01T14:00:22-07:00July 30th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|0 Comments

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul (500s AD) Rioters burned the old churches The Roman emperor Constantius II built a big church next to the imperial palace in Constantinople (now Istanbul) in the 300s AD. But people burned it down in riots in 404. Pulcheria soon had the church rebuilt. But rioters burned it down again during the Nika Riots of 532. So [...]

25 07, 2017

Ottoman Turks – Medieval Islamic history

By |2017-07-25T10:41:41-07:00July 25th, 2017|History, Islam|0 Comments

Sultan Mehmed II (by the Venetian painter Gentile Bellini, 1479 AD) After the old Seljuk kingdom in Anatolia (Turkey) fell apart, one of these Seljuks, a man named Osman, started in 1299 AD to build a new kingdom - the Ottoman Empire. At this time, the Byzantine Empire was very weak from the Fourth Crusade. In 1347 AD, the Black Death weakened the [...]