Istanbul held festive events to mark the 567th anniversary of the city’s conquest. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took part in the celebrations, Turkish mass media reported.
“I congratulate my compatriots on the 567th anniversary of the conquest of Istanbul. This event was one of the bright pages in the series of victories of the Turkish people, which opened a new chapter in the history of mankind. I respectfully venerate the memory of the valiant heroes of that historic victory, especially Sultan Mehmet II. Heroes bequeathed the Homeland to us,” Mr. Erdogan wrote on Twitter.
Earlier, via video link the head of addressed the award ceremony for the winners of the archery competitions dedicated to the significant date. “While introducing our children to archery and horse riding, we also teach them our cultural codes,” said he. The Turkish leader expressed regret that national holidays this year have to be celebrated against the background of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the historical part of Istanbul, a laser show was organized on the theme of the conquest of the city by the army of the Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II.